I first took note of Dorothy Allison with her bestselling novel Bastard Out Of Carolina, (1992) a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award and the ALA Award for LGBTQ Writing. It has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Bastard Out Of Carolina was made into an excellent film in 1996 by Showtime directed by Anjelica Huston. The film won an Emmy Award and Huston was was nominated for Outstanding Directing.
Her memoir, Two Or Three Things I Know For Sure (1995) was named by the failing New York Times as a notable book of the year, as was her bestselling novel Cavedweller (1998). Cavedweller was adapted for the stage featuring music by Hedwig And The Angry Inch composer, Stephen Trask, and a 2003 film directed by Lisa Cholendenko and starring Krya Sedwick.
Her writing focuses on class struggle, sexual abuse, child abuse, feminism and lesbianism; sounds rather serious, but she is quite funny. She is advocate for safe sex and is active in feminist and LGBBTQ movements. She is a co-founder of Lesbian Sex Mafia, a support group for women of all sexual orientations and identities.