Feral City

SheBooks, 2014


In Luterman's first eBook, Feral City, she combines her talents to explore a topic near and dear to her heart: love partnerships. These five chapters explore her own experience going through an early and exciting marriage, divorcing, spending many years alone, and then opening up to a new partner and marrying again at age 50.


The stories are set in Luterman’s funky Oakland, California, neighborhood, and tackle the tough and tender issues of relationships, from fighting to making up to figuring out whose turn it is to feed the abandoned kittens in the basement. An entertaining collection, full of honesty, empathy, and humor.

Desire Zoo

Tia Chuca Press, 2014


Alison Luterman’s eye is on women, on children, in the streets and in the woods. Or at home alone in front of a desk. Her arms envelop love in whatever form it shows up: a cup of coffee from her husband, or the curve of a pregnant woman’s belly as she walks around the lake in flip-flops.


Luterman’s poems are concerned with this and more. She is not abstract—she can’t stop telling stories. She doesn’t know how to refrain from making meaning out of scraps of beauty that she’s found. For Luterman, poetry is both a privilege and a job.


See How We Almost Fly

Pearl Editions, 2009


See How We Almost Fly, selected winner of the 2008 Pearl Poetry Prize by Gerald Locklin, is Alison Luterman's second book of poetry. Here she presents a dazzling array of characters and subjects that reflect her rich and various life as daughter, friend, lover, teacher, and world traveler. Although Luterman clearly and unflinchingly addresses the pain and suffering of death, illness, failure, and betrayal, her intense engagement with the people and things of this earth is ultimately life-affirming. In poems at once personal and emblematic, she never gives in to despair or cynicism, but instead offers up her experience as a metaphor for what it means to be human.


The Largest Possible Life

Cleveland State University Press, 2001

"The best poems from Alison Luterman's first poetry collection, The Largest Possible Life, have the feel of having been artfully lifted from precise moments of intimacy and betrayal, and they are imbued with the beautiful impossibility of hope in a world that seems in mourning for its own lost chances. Yet what balances this tightrope walk on the edge of hip nihilism, or clever confessionalism, is a fine and finely tuned artistic irony. Irony in the old way meant not only a strangely truthful diction turned somehow askew, but an irony of form as well: a music of line and an urgently human way of peaking seamlessly woven together. Even more, this is a book of delight and surprise, and of delicately comic turns of phrase. Out of the corner of her eye, Alison Luterman is a keen watcher of the tangled business of our lives, and in her heart, she is a storyteller whose power resides, as in all good storytellers' hearts, in her faith in the listener."- Bruce Weigl

What They're Saying about Alison . . .

Naomi Shihab Nye

"I bow down to Alison Luterman's poems. They will help you think, they will fortify your living."




Ruth L. Schwartz

"No living poet does better than Alison Luterman at spinning the whole rich texture of American life into poems."

Ellen Bass

"Alison Luterman, like the beings who inhabit her poems, has found a way to love this complicated, painful, and wondrous world." 

Tony Haogland

"Alison Luterman is a heroic humanist. She takes poetry's service to human life seriously - that the inner life can't be killed. Thus her poems strive to describe, defend and validate various inalienable rights - the individual imagination, the mysterios and inconvenience nature of desire, even our right to be wrong. She is a court jester, a life coach, a can can dancer."

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