Greetings! My name is Allyson, Gonzalez (she/her), I'm a queer Chicana writer, illustrator, music maker and director in the Midwest. Founder of the international holiday Thankyoutine's Day, I encourage you to celebrate often and help spread the word by sending a Thankyoutine today!
Over the last thirteen years, I've served as the Creative Director of the Puppeteers of Color Social, author of the zine Save the Bees Worx, Artistic Conductor of Stand On Your Hands and Clap and facilitator of the Allyson Gonzalez Residency for Art, Science and Cultural Exchange. I've spent over half my life on stage, from tap dancing to shadow puppetry, poetry readings to performance art - theatricalities have always been my biggest passion.
When the pandemic derailed my retrospective tour, slated to begin in Padua, Italy in the spring of 2020, that closed the door to my decade-long focus on puppetry and opened the window to returning to my roots in publishing. I started blogging again, sometime I've done on and off for over twenty years, and zine making. I've also kicked off an electronic music solo act, House of Egregious - you can follow along the journey on instagram @houseofegregious or listen to my sexy doom pop synth jams from outer space on SoundCloud.
I'm a staunch advocate of artists having day jobs so we can self-fund our own work. I nerd out for a living as a Senior IT Portfolio Analyst. My favorite hobbies include telescoping and hiking with my husband, instant photography, needlefelting, relief printmaking, playing chess at the beach and all things rave culture. My favorite things to collect are books, bossa nova records, rocks, unspeakables and 7-free nail polish.