Allison Seay is the recipient of fellowships from the Ruth Lilly Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her first book of poems, To See the Queen, won the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize from Persea Books. Other work has appeared in such journals as Crazyhorse, The Southern Review, The Hollins Critic, Poetry, and Pleiades. Seay is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and was the 2012 Arrington Poet in Residence at the University of Mary Washington. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.