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  Allison Williams
Professional/Personal Overview
  An essay writer, radio producer and travel journalist, I've written about race, culture and comedy for National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, McSweeneys Internet Tendency and Travelers Tales. Currently based in the Middle East, frequently in USA.
Work Info
Editor 4 Years
Writer 10 Years
Correspondent 6 Years
Sex 8 Years
Travel 6 Years
Arts & Humanities 14 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
5 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Brevity Literary Journal (11+), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (6-10), National Public Radio (3-5), New York Times (1-2), Christian Science Monitor (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Theatrefolk (6-10)
Computer Skills
Word, Excel, Mac
Technical Skills
sound editing in the field
Audio recorder and mic
Macbook Pro
Foreign Language Skills
Hindi, Czech, French, Arabic
Work Permits & Visas
USA and Canadian citizen, UAE work permit beginning April 2014, Indian visa through 2023
Heidemann Award finalist
Martin Critchell Award for Drama
I manage events in Dubai, teach writing in Mumbai, interview Sherpas in Nepal, street perform in Austria, rub shoulders with rock stars in London and eat whale in Reykjavik.

For CBC Canada, I contribute to the storytelling show Definitely Not The Opera, and Intersections about race and comedy. I won Dragon's Den (it's the Canadian Shark Tank) and am still recognized in the street in Canada. For NPR, I'm a two-time winner of The Moth StorySLAM.

As a writer, my work has appeared in The New York Times, The Kenyon Review, Magic Magazine, and Brevity. I've worked in 23 countries and visited 10 more. I carry US and Canadian passports.

If it's an adventure, I'm on it. I say yes where even the locals say no. How many times in my life am I going to be able to watch a goat sacrifice? Eat horse? Dance in a fire shower? Ride across Macedonia with a carload of drunk mimes?

I'm a good talker and a great listener and I know how to tell the story when I get back.

Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
(The Christian Science Monitor)
I sat in a hot, crowded second-class ladies-only car on the train into Mumbai. The open doors and unglazed windows let in some relief of moving air. With three stations to go, an elderly woman boarded the train. She was bent and thin, but elegant still in an emerald-green sari...
(New York Times/International Herald Tribune)
Forbesganj is almost at the Nepali border, in the northeast corner of Bihar, India's poorest state. It's an overnight train ride from Calcutta then a three-hour 4X4 ride from Katihar, on bumpy roads and dirt tracks, dodging cows, dogs, donkeys, buses and pedestrians. Tourists don't come here...
Pop Culture  
(Magic Magazine)
Adventures in reality television - my experience on a show I call America's Got Lawsuits (If You Reveal The Ending Before The Episode Airs)
(Intersections on CBC Radio)
Talking about using racial humor, when it works and when it bombs. I'm the first guest.
(Definitely Not The Opera on CBC)
Wearing saris in India. My story is about 12:00 in.
(Definitely Not The Opera on CBC)
My story about doing physical therapy with my dad is at 52:05
(Smokelong Quarterly)
Jay had a statue of Kwan Yin, and whenever you moved the statue, you had to say a special mantra to help her feel at home in a strange place. The mantra was quite long, nine lines, and if you messed up in the middle...
(Deep South)
Daddy was real particular about having the yard raked. He came home at the end of the day, yard had to be raked, no footprints, no holes, no castles, no puddles, just raked. So me and Jonathan are playing Barbies...
Editor for street performer's memoir.
(Penguin Random House)
Editing work for literary horror novel by Christopher Buehlman
(Penguin Random House)
Editing work for literary horror/historical fiction by Christopher Buehlman.
(Penguin Random House)
Editing work for literary horror novel by Christopher Buehlman.
Contact Info
  Allison Williams
also at www.unkindeditor.com
United Arab Emirates

E-Mail: allison@idowords.net
Website: http://www.idowords.net