Alison Ruch is the author of Comic Toast, a novel, and Human Error: Stories. She’s currently writing a novel under the working title Test Pilots. Ruch lives in Corvallis, Oregon, and teaches creative writing at Linn-Benton Community College. She also works for the Oregon State University Center for the Humanities.

In 2004, Ruch moved to Oregon where she earned a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at OSU. Prior to this, she lived in Madison, Wisconsin, where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature and worked as an editorial and marketing assistant for the University of Wisconsin Press.

Ruch’s writing has been published in the online Oregon Literary Review and in Stringtown Magazine. Her story “Safe” is in the 2011 December issue of The Iowa Review.

Read Alison’s story “A Bug Eye Solution” on The Oregon Literary Review website. And here’s Alison’s essay Upside Down on the elephant journal website.

Alison enjoys reading: Donald Barthelme, Charles Baxter, Ann Beattie, Elizabeth Bowen, Raymond Carver, Willa Cather, Collette, Tracy Daugherty, Joan Didion, Isak Dinesen, Deborah Eisenberg, Anne Enright, William Faulkner, Penelope Fitzgerald, David Foster Wallace, Mary Gaitskill, Barry Hannah, Amy Hempel, Milan Kundera, Jhumpa Lahiri, John Larison, Aria Minu-Sepehr, Lorrie Moore, Toni Morrison, Alice Munro, Vladimir Nabokov, Antonya Nelson, Flannery O’Connor, Grace Paley, Imad Rahman, Rick Rofihe, Marjorie Sandor, George Saunders, Keith Scribner, Kurt Vonnegut, Eudora Welty, Virginia Woolf, and more.