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Gilbert Allen

Fiction Writer, Poet
Greenville, SC

Although I was born and raised on Long Island, I've lived in upstate South Carolina for most of my life. If you're curious about my family history, check out my long poem The World of Tomorrow (in the Spring 2008 issue of The Southern Review), my 2007 essay How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Swamp in South Carolina (in Living Blue in the Red States), and my interview in Conversations with South Carolina Poets (John F. Blair, 1986). The best source for online samples of my work is http://library.furman.edu/specialcollections/96Press/editor.htm


Greenville, SC


East Flat Rock, NC


Greer, SC

Marita Garin


Black Mountain, NC

MFA from Goodard College in Vermont, the program which has since moved to North Carolina and is now known as the Warren Wilson Writing Program. Worked with extraordinary teachers, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Michael Ryan, and Louise Gluck. Taught poetry for a variety of venues, working in small part-time jobs, and gave readings at a wide variety of places. Edited Southern Appalachian Poetry, An Anthology of Works by 37 Poets which grew out of lectures for an Elderhostel Program on "Appalachian Poetry and Culture" and which drew on the mnany years I lived in East Tennessee which is where I first began to write. More recently,I have done extensive work on dream interpretation for a group of friends here in Black Mountain, North Carolina, where I now live. During a hiatus in my writing; which lasted 15 years, I did volunteer work as a Guardian Ad Litem in Buncombe County, North Carolina, a program which provides representation for abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court. When I returned to writing poetry again, I found much had changed, not only in the focus of what I wanted to write about but also in the poetry landscape. I began work on a long poem three years ago. It has turned out to be a book of poems, recently completed. I have found the mountains in this part of the country to be inspiring. There is an unusual creative energy here which many artists and writers are drawn to. It takes us where it will.

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