J. Allyn Rosser believes that poetry “is the nearest thing we have to a cure for loneliness.” Rosser holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.
Her most recent volume of poems, Foiled Again, won the New Criterion Poetry Prize in 2007. Her first collection, Bright Moves, was selected by Charles Simic for the Morse Poetry Prize, and her second, Misery Prefigured, won the Crab Orchard Award. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
She teaches at Ohio University, where she also edits New Ohio Review.