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Gilbert Allen

Author's Bio

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 sequence of poems Forty Years North of Dreamland (in the 2015 issue of Measure), 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

Publications and Prizes

The Final Days of Great American Shopping (University of South Carolina Press, 2016), Catma (Measure Press, 2014), Driving to Distraction (Orchises Press, 2003), Commandments at Eleven (Orchises Press, 1994), Second Chances (Orchises Press, 1991), In Everything (Lotus Press, 1982)
Body Parts (South Carolina Poetry Initiative, 2007)
American Society: What Poets See (FutureCycle Press, 2012), The Southern Poetry Anthology: Contemporary Appalachia (Texas Review Press, 2010), Topograph: New Writing from the Carolinas and the Landscape Beyond (Novello Festival Press, 2010), Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer's Disease (The Kent State University Press, 2009), Tartts Four (Livingston Press, 2008), Tartts Three (Livingston Press, 2007), The Southern Poetry Anthology: South Carolina (Texas Review Press, 2007), Illuminations (Celestial Arts an imprint of Ten Speed Pres, 2006), A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry (Ninety-Six Press, 2005), In a Fine Frenzy (University of Iowa Press, 2005), Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge (Grayson Books, 2003), Food and Other Enemies: Stories of Consuming Desire (Essex Press, 2000)
Able Muse, American Scholar, Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal, Cortland Review, Crazyhorse, Cumberland Poetry Review, Emrys Journal, Epoch, First Things, Florida Review, Flyway, Georgia Review, Image Journal, Kestrel, Measure, New Verse News, Pedestal Magazine, Pembroke Magazine, Quarterly West, Sewanee Theological Review, Shenandoah, South Carolina Review, Southeast Review, Southern Review, Tampa Review, The Evansville Review, The Writer's Almanac, Tipton Poetry Journal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily
Robert Penn Warren Prize in Poetry from The Southern Review (2007); South Carolina Poetry Initative Chapbook Prize (2006); South Carolina Literary Arts Fellowship (2002-03); Rainmaker Award in Poetry from Zone 3 (1990); Amon Liner Poetry Award from The Greensboro Review (1984); five-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project Prize

Gilbert Allen Resume

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Listing last updated: July 10, 2016

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Born in:
Rockville Centre, NY
Raised in:
Hempstead and West Islip, NY

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