Interested in food, music, culture, and gender.
One – time guest writer for Racialicious, editor for a forthcoming memoir from 2Leaf Press, also writes fiction.One – time guest writer for Racialicious, editor for a forthcoming memoir from 2Leaf Press, also writes fiction.
I am living in Manila through May 31, 2015 and then I am back to Boston. I love to tell stories about people who are often invisible or overlooked. I’m currently working on stories about the lives of Filipino call center workers as well as travel and food pieces from Manila.
Author of 2 memoirs: The Nigerian-Nordic Girl’s Guide to Lady Problems (Shebooks) and Meeting Faith (W.W. Norton & Co.),
Co-editor of Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology (The New Press)
Writer / Narrator / Subject of the PBS documentary My Journey Home,
My book, HOOD, will be published by Bloomsbury in January 2016: “We all wear hoods: the Grim Reaper, Red Riding Hood, torturers, executioners and the executed, athletes, laborers, anarchists, rappers, babies in onesies, and anyone who’s ever grabbed a hoodie on a chilly day. Alison Kinney’s HOOD explores the material and symbolic vibrancy of this everyday garment and political semaphore, which often protects the powerful at the expense of the powerless—with deadly results. Kinney considers medieval clerics and the Klan, anti-hoodie campaigns and the Hooded Man of Abu Ghraib, the Inquisition and the murder of Trayvon Martin, uncovering both the hooded perpetrators of violence and the hooded victims in their sights.”
I have a personal project of tracking music released by queer artists and making lists and stats of what has been released in a specific year.
I’m also making plans to put out an open call for a queer music writers’ anthology of personal essays I’d like to compile and edit, and achieving both gender and racial parity is a top priority of mine.
I’m frustrated by how often I’ll pitch a story of relevance to an outlet, but they would rather publish stories only relevant to rich, white people. Even media like the NYT often gets India/Asian women totally wrong.
Also based out of Singapore.