imageAlli Marshall grew up in Western New York where she learned the Eerie Canal song, failed gym class, and dreamed about being an archeologist. Or a fashion designer.

She eventually wound up in Western North Carolina where she attended Warren Wilson College, spent a lot of time journaling and briefly drove a pickup truck.

After completing her MFA in creative writing at Goddard College, Alli lucked into a job as the arts & entertainment reporter at Asheville’s alt-weekly news and arts paper, Mountain Xpress. Her novel, How to Talk to Rockstars, was inspired by her years of interviewing musicians and artists.

Alli is the Arts & Entertainment section editor at the Xpress and the Asheville area regional rep for the North Carolina Writers’ Network. 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 Blurt!, Shuffle, Our State, MetroPop, FifeLines, and the Asheville Poetry Review. Her debut novel, How to Talk to Rockstars, was published by Logosophia Books in 2015, and she self-published the chapbook It All Comes Rushing Back: meditations on love, earlier this year.

Alli is currently at work on a collaged novella based on descent mythology.

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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