Dick Allen

Trumbull, CT 066114910

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

Ode to the Cold War: New & Selected Poems
(Sarabande Books, 1997)
, Present Vanishing: Poems
(Sarabande Books, 2008)
, The Day Before: New Poems
(Sarabande Books, 2003)
, This Shadowy Place
(St. Augustine's Press, 2014)
, Zen Master Poems
(Wisdom Publications, 2016)
The Best American Poetry
(Scribner, 2006)
American Poetry Review, American Scholar, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, The New Criterion, Ploughshares, Poetry, Tricycle, Yale Review
Prizes Won: 
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)

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

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

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British, Buddhist
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Born in: 
Troy, United States
Raised in: 
Round Lake, NY, United States
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Last updated: Dec 01, 2016