Ally has a BA in English Literature and Visual Arts from Kenyon College, where she was the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, a John Crowe Ransom Prize in Poetry, and The Mary Hatcher Prize for Women's and Gender Studies.  She has an MFA in Poetry from Syracuse University, where she worked as Editor in Chief at Salt Hill and taught undergraduate writing.  She has taught at Creative Action in Austin, Texas, The Putney School Summer Arts Programs, in Putney Vermont, at Syracuse University, and elsewhere.  She currently teaches Undergraduate Writing and instructs creative writing workshops in New York and Jersey City.