Allegra Hyde

(she/her/hers)

  • Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

Areas of Study

Education

MFA, Arizona State University, 2015
BA, Williams College, 2010
 

Biography

Allegra Hyde is the author of the novel Eleutheria (Vintage) and the forthcoming story collection, The Last Catastrophe (Vintage). Her debut collection, Of This New World (University of Iowa Press) won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award through the Iowa Short Fiction Award Series. Her stories and essays have been published in Tin HouseAmerican Short FictionKenyon ReviewNew England Review, the Threepenny Review, the Missouri Review, and the Gettysburg Review, among other publications. Her writing has been anthologized in Best American Travel WritingBest Women’s Travel Writing, Best of the Net, and Best Small Fictions.

She has been awarded three Pushcart Prizes.

Hyde’s honors also include grants and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Lucas Artist Residency Program, the Jentel Foundation, Writing Workshops in Greece, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, and the Island School.

Before coming to Oberlin, Hyde taught at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, the University of Houston, the National University of Singapore, and Arizona State University. She also served two seasons with the AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship Program.

Fall 2022

Borderlands: Literary Fiction and its Subgenres — CRWR 286
Fiction Workshop — CRWR 320
Practicum — CRWR 485

Spring 2023

Climate Fiction — CRWR 217
Practicum — CRWR 485
Creative Writing Capstone Seminar — CRWR 490

Notes

Allegra Hyde's Novel Named One of "The Best Books of 2022"

November 9, 2022

Assistant Professor Allegra Hyde's novel ELEUTHERIA was named one of "The Best Books of 2022" by The New Yorker.

Allegra Hyde Visited SUNY Fredonia as Guest Speaker

October 12, 2022

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde visited SUNY Fredonia as an invited speaker for the Mary Louise White Visiting Writers Series. She discussed role of climate fiction in environmental activism and read from her novel Eleutheria.

Allegra Hyde Short Story Published in "BOMB"

September 29, 2022

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde published a short story titled "The Future is a Click Away" in BOMB. The story imagines a powerful near future algorithm that takes targeted marketing to an extreme. The piece is available in the latest issue of BOMB, and will also be included in Hyde's forthcoming story collection, The Last Catastrophe.

Allegra Hyde Participates on Climate Fiction Panel

September 22, 2022

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde contributed to a panel on "Climate Fiction" at the Salem Literary Festival earlier in September. On the panel, she discussed the rise of environmentally conscious literature, the relationship between art and activism, as well as her own novel ELEUTHERIA.

Allegra Hyde Interviewed About Her New Novel

August 16, 2022

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde conducted several recent interviews about her novel, ELEUTHERIA. For Catapult, she spoke with Jean Marc Ah-Sen about the concept of climate fiction and reckoning with the patterns of the past. For the EcoTheo Review, she spoke with Esteban Rodriguez about the relationship between literature and activism. And for 91.3 WYSO, she spoke to Vick Mickunas about how storytelling can be a source of entertainment as well as a pointed call to action.

Allegra Hyde Publishes Piece in "The New Yorker"

June 28, 2022

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde published a short humor piece in The New Yorker titled "Aphorisms for the Anthropocene." The piece offers a satirical take on climate change and the realities of our "new normal."

Allegra Hyde Gives Podcast Interview on Her Novel

June 2, 2022

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde was interviewed on the podcast "Origin Story" about her novel, ELEUTHERIA, as well as about the utopian imagination, climate activism, and approaches to writing.

Allegra Hyde Presents at Ohioana Book Festival; Debut Novel is Recommended by NYT Critic

May 10, 2022

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde presented at the annual Ohioana Book Festival. Joining other recently-published Ohio authors, Hyde discussed her approach to "Literary Fiction" and the notion of genre, as well as her novel, Eleutheria. On a related note: Eleutheria was recently recommended by New York Times critic Molly Young, who described the book as "a weird, melancholic adventure novel—not a genre specimen you come across every day."

Allegra Hyde Publishes Short Story and Gives Interviews

April 29, 2022

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde published a short story in the inaugural issue of CODE Lit, an online zine dedicated to exploring the full scope of possibilities for digital publishing. Hyde's story, "Eat Me (Alternative Scenarios in the Garden of Eden)", uses digital erasure to offer readers multiple versions of the same initial text.

Hyde was also recently interviewed by Dana Diehl for Long Leaf Review about her writing process and her novel, Eleutheria. Hyde additionally appeared on the Thresholds podcast, hosted by Jordan Kisner, to talk about her experience in utopian communities, and how they have since informed her writing practice.

Allegra Hyde Publishes in Lithub and Poets & Writers; Gives Interviews on her Novel 'Eleutheria'

April 12, 2022

Allegra Hyde, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, published an essay in LitHub called “What Makes A Great Opening Line?” about the qualities of compelling first sentences in fiction. She also published a series of four craft capsules for Poets & Writers on setting and ecology in fiction: “You Can Never Do Just One Thing,” “The Face in the Whirlpool,” “If a Tree Falls,” and “These Walls Won’t Stop Talking.” 

Hyde was interviewed about her novel, Eleutheria, by Matt Bell for BOMB, Rachel Reeher for Hayden’s Ferry Review, Adam Vitcavage for Debutiful, Anne Nickoloff for Cleveland.com, and by Chris Holmes for the podcast Burned by Books

Allegra Hyde Receives High Praise for debut novel 'Eleutheria'

March 18, 2022

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde had her debut novel Eleutheria reviewed by the LA Times. “Allegra Hyde’s climate-fiction narrator is the post-cynical heroine we need,” reads the review. “This is cli-fi even when it turns intimate, with the first kiss between lovers or the failures of addict parents. Individual tensions generate unexpected crackle, but everyone’s caught in the same toxic knots, their environment collapsing around them.” Additionally, Town & Country highlighted Eleutheria, calling it “A climate change novel, yes, but also a tale of searching for hope in dark times.” And BookPage wrote, “Fast-paced and dramatic, Eleutheria is a love story that plays out against the backdrop of a planet in trouble.” Electric Literature published an excerpt of Eleutheria in their “Recommended Reading Series,” with an introduction from the writer Lydia Conklin.

Allegra Hyde's Short Story is Published in The Missouri Review

March 1, 2022

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde had her short story "Bury" featured in PRIVATE LIVES, an anthology of select fiction published by The Missouri Review. "Bury Me" had previously appeared in the "Ultra-Violence" issue of The Missouri Review, as well as in The Pushcart Prize XL, and in Hyde's debut story collection: OF THIS NEW WORLD.

Entertainment Weekly Reviews Debut Novel by Allegra Hyde

March 1, 2022

The debut novel by Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde, ELEUTHERIA, was reviewed in a recent print issue of Entertainment Weekly. Of the novel, EW said: "Allegra Hyde has a sharp eye for the culture-war chaos and breezy narcissism of modern American life. And enough hope to hint that the youth might (might!) save us from ourselves."

Allegra Hyde Discusses Forthcoming Novel with Gwen Filosa

January 12, 2022

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde appeared on "It’s Too Early with Gwen Filosa," a podcast recorded live weekdays in Key West, to talk about her forthcoming novel, ELEUTHERIA (Vintage).

ELEUTHERIA has been named a most anticipated title of 2022 by LGBT Reads, Autostraddle, and other venues.

 

Allegra Hyde publishes short story

August 17, 2021

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde published a short story, Mercy, in the Spring/Summer issue of Crazyhorse

Allegra Hyde interviews author Matt Bell for BOMB Magazine

July 22, 2021

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde interviewed author Matt Bell about his new novel, Appleseed, for BOMB Magazine.

Allegra Hyde receives fellowship at Sewanee Writers' Conference

June 21, 2021

Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde will be a Walter E. Dakin Fellow in fiction at the Sewanee Writers' Conference this summer.

Allegra Hyde gives virtual lecture for Kenyon Review reading series

April 23, 2021

Allegra Hyde, visiting assistant professor of creative writing, presented on the Kenyon Review's panel "Art and The Moment," addressing the right to vote, creative writing, and sustainable futures. 

Allegra Hyde presents and gives reading of debut short story collection

March 30, 2021

Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde presented at the 2021 AWP Conference and the 14th Annual Clemson Literary Festival in March, reading from her debut short story collection, OF THIS NEW WORLD.

Allegra Hyde publishes essay in The Kenyon Review

March 11, 2021

Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde published an essay, "The Contagious Collective Epiphany'": On Climate Change, Social Change, and the Right to Vote, in The Kenyon Review.

Allegra Hyde receives book deal

October 15, 2020

Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Allegra Hyde sold her debut novel, Eleutheria, and her second story collection, The Last Catastrophe, to Vintage. Eleutheria is a surreal parable about activism and systemic corruption that charts an idealistic woman’s quest for agency among a cult of eco-revolutionaries in the Bahamas intent on saving a world ravaged by climate change. The Last Catastrophe is a collection of speculative short stories on what it means to live in modern America.

Allegra Hyde Publishes Short Story

May 19, 2020

Allegra Hyde, visiting assistant professor of creative writing, recently published her short story "Afterglow" in Guernica.