Alison Buckholtz is the author of Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War (Tarcher/Penguin, April 2009; paperback April 2013), one of the first memoirs of the Iraq war period by a military spouse. It’s been called “outstanding nonfiction” by the Washington Post and is regularly named as a resource that helps bridge the civilian-military divide and included in roundups of the most influential books by military spouses.
Alison also wrote the “Deployment Diary” column on Slate.com from 2009-2010. Her articles and essays have been published in the New York Times (including its Modern Love column), New York magazine, Washington Post, Real Simple, Parenting, Washingtonian magazine, Time.com, Salon.com and many other publications. As an advocate for military families, she has appeared on NBC Nightly News, NPR , BBC, MSNBC , Fox & Friends, and in national news and feature stories. Her L.A. Times op-ed, “An ‘It Gets Better’ for the Troops,” was the inspiration for a national public service announcement campaign about military suicides. She has spoken about the military family experience at the U.S. Capitol building and at bases and community centers around the country.
Alison received an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also completed a year of undergraduate study at Trinity College, Dublin. She now lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband, an active-duty Naval officer, and two children.
For information on Alison’s professional writing and editorial services, please see this LinkedIn profile.