Alle C. Hall

Occupation Writer and mother

About Me

My essay, My 70s Avatar won the 2008 Richard Hugo House New Works Competition. Other short work is in or on Creative Nonfiction, BUST, Literary Mama, Literary Café Radio, Swivel,, and

I have completed a novel and am now working on a short memoir. (A mem’rette?) I started out freelancing for The Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, and The Stranger, where I worked up to Contributing Writer and for whom I interviewed Leonard Nimoy. Some day, my kids will think I am really cool.

Why ”On Publishing”, or: Who Do You Think You Are, Missy?

Once a month for six years straight, I conducted a live interview with agents and editors (mostly from NYC, but also from “The Coast”) to give writers insight into and contacts in the publishing business. At times honestly altruistic, I believe that writers who share information with other writers are good people. Go to the "About " page on my blog to find the link for a lists of the agents and editors I know who might help you get published.

In addition to producing the above (aka: The Richard Hugo House InPrint series), I teach; primarily at Hugo House, also at The University of Washington Extension and at area writing conferences. Past positions include an editorial/marketing internship at Seal Press, and marketing manager/assistant book buyer for the proudly independent Tree of Life Judaica& Books. Which has, of course, closed.

Why do you write?

I write to explore childhood. Everything I did or did not experience as a child manifests in everything that is or is not going on in my life today. It therefore manifests in the lives of my children.

**Disclaimer** Perhaps because my writing draws from a rich history of dysfunction, I receive a number of questions for which I do not have the formal training to offer clinical answers. I answer purely from personal experience, striving to bring the focus back to writing. The ideas underlying these posts are not mine. One and all, they are the result of the groundbreaking clinical work of Donna Bevan Lee and Pia Melody. The words, however, are all mine.

Any favorite authors? Books?

This is always hard to answer. Generally I am deeply in love with whatever I am reading because if I am not, I stop reading. Also, listing my faves makes me sound trite. Here are my plebeian tastes: Joan Didion, David Foster Wallace, David Sedaris, Philip Lopate (a great guy to study with), Dinty Moore. David Rakoff. Flying slightly under the radar: Jenny Boylan and Ayun Halliday. Funny is good. In fiction, Denis Johnson (listed first as I am finishing up "Nobody Move") Sherman Alexie (just finished "War Dances"). "Rebecca Brown. Nathan Englander, Zora Neale Hurston, Ann Pachett, Toni Morrison. In short fiction: Amy Bloom. Hemmingway writes a great sentence, once I get over the whole "cratching his balls thing.

See? Low-hanging fruit.

Best Book Ever: Sula.

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