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Dick Allen

Author's Bio

Allen is variously known as a mystical poet, a poet concerned with recording the history of the century’s last fifty years and the beginning years of the 21st Century, a poet of contemporary science, a Zen Buddhist-oriented poet, and a poet whose eclectic style ranges from formal to free verse. In recent years, he has often written in a new narrative-lyric hybrid form of his invention that he calls “Randomism.”

Publications and Prizes

This Shadowy Place (St. Augustine's Press, 2014), Present Vanishing: Poems (Sarabande Books, 2008), The Day Before: New Poems (Sarabande Books, 2003), Ode to the Cold War: New & Selected Poems (Sarabande Books, 1997)
The Best American Poetry (Scribner, 2006)
American Poetry Review, American Scholar, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, New Criterion, Ploughshares, Poetry, Tricycle, Yale Review
2013 New Criterion Poetry Book Award,NEA Fellowship, Ingram Merrill Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, Robert Frost Prize, Hart Crane Fellowship, N.B.C.C. Finalist, CT Poetry Book Award (2009) , CT State Poet Laureate (2010-2015)

Dick Allen Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Japanese Ikebana for Every Season by Rie Imai and Yuji Ueno , Broken Cup by Margaret Gibson, The Accidental Universe by Alan Lightman, Best American Science and Nature Writing by Deborah Blum, Literary Connecticut by Eric J. Lehman and Amy Nawrocki
Favorite Books:
Emerson's Essays Walden The Fountainhead The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm Leaves of Grass Yeats Collected Poems Anthony Hecht's The Hard Hours
Favorite Authors:
Frost, Yeats, Bishop, Hecht, Dostoevsky, Dante, Han-Shan, Basho, Emerson, Whitman, Thoreau, Dickinson, and, actually, hundreds more

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Listing last updated: September 2, 2015

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Identifies as:
British, Buddhist
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Born in:
Troy, NY
Raised in:
Round Lake, NY

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