Allya Yourish


527 Farm House Ln
Ames IA


Allya Yourish (she/her/hers) is a poet and 2021-2022 Pearl Hogrefe Fellow from Portland, Oregon with a passion for collecting disparate experiences. She studied representations of grief and memory in Holocaust museums at New College of Florida, moved to France to be an au pair, lived as a Tumbleweed in the Parisian English-language bookshop Shakespeare and Company, received a Fulbright grant to teach secondary school in Kuala Krau, Malaysia, and worked as a News Assistant for the New York Times. Everywhere she’s explored, she’s taken a small teal notebook and a navy pen. Her work focuses on building surreal images to discuss the body and its place within art and nature. Her favorite place in the world is wherever she next plans to travel.