Alison Pelegrin


Alison Pelegrin's most recent poetry collections are Our Lady of Bewilderment and Waterlines, both with LSU Press. She is the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as an ATLAS Grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents. Her work has recently been featured in The Bennington Review, The Southern Review, Limp Wrist, and as a printable broadside at Broadsided. She is writer-in-residence at Southeastern Louisiana University.




9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Capitol Park Event Center, Meeting Room
Louisiana Poets
with Kathleen Balma, Catharine Savage Brosman, Ariel Francisco, Rodger Kamenetz, Alison Pelegrin, Sha'Condria Sibley, and moderator Mona Lisa Saloy

11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Cavalier House Booksellers Tent
Book Signing

Our Lady of Bewilderment: Poems

Whether by way of visitations from secular saints, hauntings from childhood, or back talk from “indelicate broads,” a complicated world speaks to and through Alison Pelegrin in Our Lady of Bewilderment. An unusual blend of mystic-comedian, Pelegrin explores physical and psychic beauty and terror without losing sight of wonder. Drawing on the aid of beings real and imaginary, Our Lady of Bewilderment offers humorous, honest, and intimate poems contemplating life’s traumas and joys, filtered through the religion-infused secular traditions of Louisiana.


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