Alissa Butterworth is a novelist, writer and educator. She received her MFA in fiction from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, and her BA in creative writing and English literature from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA. Her work, both prose and poetry, has appeared online and in print in such publications as “Voices,” an award-winning periodical for teens published by the Reading Eagle in Reading, PA, and “Prolog.” Alissa has appeared on television and the radio, and has interned with both the Reading Eagle and Consequence magazine. In addition, she's worked as a reader for several literary magazines. Alissa's also a proud committee alum of the Emerging Writer's Festival, hosted by Franklin and Marshall College, a week-long event for students and the larger community that brings new writers and poets to the Lancaster, PA area to foster literary culture each spring.
Alissa has been the recipient of the Hensel Award, a Hackman summer research grant, and a Marshall Grant and scholarship from the Key West Literary Seminar to attend the "Emerging Writer's Seminar" in Key West, FL. She's pursued scholarly research and presented academic papers on topics as varied as religious influence in the dramas of Christopher Marlowe to the emergence of the novel to the function of an absent character in fiction. Her academic interests include American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth century, narrative structure, and characterization--though she is an avid reader of anything she can get her hands on and enjoys most of it.
Alissa is currently putting the final touches on her novel, The Prodigal, and has also begun a second: Hallowed Be. Though her primary genre is fiction, she also works in poetry, journalism, creative nonfiction and memoir. She has taught creative writing to young teens through graduate students, and is particularly interested in helping students discover (or rediscover) their own voices and gifts.
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