Alison

Morse

poems

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On the Last Night in Dhaka

published in Jaggery part of The Price of Our Clothes   After a morning highway ride to Savar, passing roadside piles of white bags stuffed with broadcloth pockets, gingham shirt fronts, denim lapels—tons of cotton remains from factories—   after riding past smokestacks rising through dirt, spewing soot from buried kilns baking handmade bricks,  …

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If You Wave a Chicken Over Your Head Chapbook

If You Wave a Chicken Over Your Head is Alison’s collection of very short stories  published by Red Bird Chapbooks. Each story of one thousand words or less in Alison Morse’s If You Wave a Chicken Over Your Head offers a tiny universe. Here, original voices bring their distinct circumstances and compelling troubles to life…

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The Price of Our Clothes

I am a descendant of Jewish immigrant garment workers employed in NYC factories during the time of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in 1911, when 146 garment workers were killed due to the garment industry’s grossly inadequate safety and human rights standards. In 2013, Rana Plaza, a building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, that housed 5 garment…

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About Alison

Alison Morse writes award-winning fiction, poetry, narrative non-fiction and articles. Her poems and prose have appeared in numerous literary journals, magazines and anthologies. She recently authored If You Wave A Chicken Over Your Head, (Red Bird Chapbooks), a collection of very short stories, and The Price of Our Clothes, a limited edition chapbook published by the Perlman Museum. She also won a Tiferet Fiction Award for her short story "The Truth About 'The Lead Plates at the Romm Press.'"

Alison has collaborated with visual artists, an architect, and musicians on several projects, most recently, The Price of Our Clothes, a multi-media exhibition about the garment industry, which received support from Rimon: the Minnesota Jewish Arts Council and the Brin Jewish Arts Endowment. Through TalkingImageConnection, a reading series that she founded and ran for 10 years, Alison invited creative writers to respond to the contemporary visual art at Minneapolis' Soap Factory gallery with their own poetry and creative prose.

Alison's passion for writing in collaboration with artists who work in other art forms stems from her extensive experience as a film and computer animator. Her experimental animated films have been screened at the Walker Art Center, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Zagrebfilm, the Whitney Museum, film and animation festivals, and have been aired on KTCA. She has received production and travel grants from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board to support her animated films. Alison also taught film and computer animation at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of Minnesota and worked as an animator for Windlight, a commercial animation studio.

She lives in Minneapolis with her husband.