Alison Pezanoski-Browne is a writer, researcher, artist, and project enthusiast. Her work has been featured in the Leonardo Music Journal, Bitch Magazine, and Hello Giggles, among other publications. Currently, she is a Grants & Communications Manager at the youth arts & environmental non-profit Caldera.
Alison earned her M.A. at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Critical Theory & Creative Research, completing the thesis The Tragic Art of Eco-Sound, analyzing several electroacoustic compositions that use nature field recordings, and studying the concepts of sociologist Henri Lefebvre. The thesis was the inspiration for her Leonardo Music Journal review of the same name. While immersed in her studies, she recorded/edited the podcast and was an editorial intern for Tin House, and was also an intern with and on the Programming Committee for the non-profit Know Your City.
In 2007, she received a U.S. Fulbright Research Scholar Fellowship to study mass social withdrawal in teen and young adults in Hong Kong.
After graduating with a B.S. in Radio/Television/Film and a minor in Sociological Studies, which integrated her love of film and interest in socio-political issues, Alison worked for a decade as a media producer. She started her career producing several independent documentaries, most notably the feature-length documentary Mine, which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at both the 2009 South By Southwest Film Festival and the 2009 San Francisco Documentary Festival. Mine had its broadcast premiere on PBS’s Independent Lens in February 2010 and was voted the Independent Lens audience favorite as well. Alison associate produced the documentary Corner Store, which had a preview screening at the 2010 San Francisco Indie Film Festival, premiered at the Denver Film Festival in October 2010, and was broadcast on KQED San Francisco. Additionally, she worked on the documentary Seeking Asian Female, which was profiled on This American Life.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Alison spends her free time jogging along Willamette Avenue, reading multiple books at once, writing and thinking about music, learning about social justice and critical race theory, meditating, dancing, watching movies and lots of TV, doing occasional radio shows with her partner, gardening with his nine year-old son, and enjoying the people in her life.