Alli Marshall by Vickie Burick

Photo by Vickie Burick

Alli Marshall is a poet, fiction writer, and performer. She’s the author of the 2015 novel How to Talk to Rockstars and the 2017 chapbook It All Comes Rushing Back, as well as a number of zines. She’s a member of the Flatiron Writers and the spoken word troupe Literary Circus, and the arts editor at alternative newsweekly Mountain Xpress. She’s lived in Asheville since 1995.

She won the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize (judged by Ron Rash) for her short story, “Catching Out,” the 2016 Shrewd Writer Award for her flash fiction “Structural Soul,” and was a runner-up in the annual Broad River Review Rash Award in fiction. Alli’s prose and poetry has been published in the Fredericksburg Literary & Art Review, Blurt!, Shuffle, Our State, MetroPop, FifeLines, and the Asheville Poetry Review.

Alli is interested in moving writing beyond the page, seeking the golden in the mundane, finding the intersection of art and social justice, and reconnecting with mythology — both ancient and modern.


Sleeping on Rooftops, a modern hero’s journey told through spoken word, dance, and experimental cello, performed at the 2018 {Re}HAPPENING.
• 2018 UNC Asheville Ramsey Library Community Author Award
• Performance of Flying Clothes & Prose with The Literary Circus for the 2018 Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
• 2018 North Carolina Press Association: Arts and Entertainment Reporting, 2nd and 3rd place; Headline Writing, 3rd place
• Contributor to the collaborative, multi-media responsive exhibitions Object as Poet and Craft with a Stranger at The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, 2017
• 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize winner
• 2016 Rash Award finalist
• 2016 Shrewd Writer Award winner
• 2016 Thomas Wolfe Literary Award semifinalist


3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Alli, I think we may be on the same Debut Fiction thing – for BEA summer issue. I come over to Asheville pretty often, and generally stay with Mary and Wayne Caldwell (Wayne is a wonderful novelist). Congratulations on your book. Ray


    • Hi Ray, I don’t think I’m part of the BEA debut fiction. But congratulations to you! I hope to run into you sometime when you’re in Asheville.


  2. Hi Alli, You won’t know how excited I was when I read the postcard about your book, “How To Talk To Rockstars”, and realized – I know that author. Joni and I are in South Padre Island Texas running the only independent full service bookstore in the county, Paragraphs on Padre Blvd. If you ever get down this far, we would love to host you for a signing. All our best.


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