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Western Michigan University, Eckerd College, DePaul University, Northeast High School
Aerial Angels, Commedia Zuppa, Playwright
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Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States · Member since July 2010
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I own a small circus company and am also a writer. Based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, but I live on the road. I love performing and teaching - our company has an outreach program where we go into a high school, cast 50-100 kids, and put up a circus show in two weeks. Love it!

I've traveled to 29 countries and performed in 23 of them - so far my favorites are Kosovo and India. I like staying in real neighborhoods, taking public transit, and avoiding American chains like the plague. Not gonna lie, there are days I have to go to the local rich-tourist hotel and eat overpriced breakfast buffet for a few hours in quiet and A/C, but most of the time I love being out on the street and eating, drinking, and doing what the locals are.

An inveterate bed-maker, I'm tidy and quiet. Love my solitude, long walks, and great coffee shops.

My officially-official writer bio:

Guerrilla memoirist, essay writer, playwright and travel journalist, Allison Williams is a former academic and current circus aerialist. Her fiction has appeared in Crossed Genres and The Drum (audio literary magazine); her nonfiction in Pivo; and her plays include the Heidemann Award finalist Miss Kentucky, scripts for NPR's All Ears Theatre, and the London Fringe Best Of Fringe winner, TRUE STORY.

As a storyteller, Allison has appeared onstage at London’s Theatre Royal and Rich Mix, India’s Filocafe, and is a two-time winner of The Moth StorySLAM. She has written about race and culture for The New York Times and Travelers’ Tales, and spoken about race and comedy on CBC (Canada) and at Hamilton College. Allison has traveled to India, Dubai and South Africa as a civil rights worker and journalist. As an aerialist and acrobat, she has performed in 23 countries. She (email hidden).