Gilbert Allen

1 Altamont Terrace
Travelers Rest, SC 29690

Author's Bio

Although I was born and raised on Long Island, I've lived in upstate South Carolina for most of my life, and I was elected to the South Carolina Academy of Authors in 2014. 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

Publications and Prizes

(Measure Press, 2014)
, Commandments at Eleven
(Orchises Press, 1994)
, Driving to Distraction
(Orchises Press, 2003)
, In Everything
(Lotus Press, Inc., 1982)
, Second Chances
(Orchises Press, 1991)
, The Final Days of Great American Shopping
(University of South Carolina Press, 2016)
A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry
(Ninety-Six Press, 2005)
, American Society: What Poets See
(FutureCycle Press, 2012)
, Archive: South Carolina Poetry Since 2005
(Ninety-Six Press, 2018)
, Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose About Alzheimer's Disease
(Kent State University Press, 2009)
, Food and Other Enemies: Stories of Consuming Desire
(Essex Press, 2000)
, Illuminations
(Celestial Arts an imprint of Ten Speed Pres, 2006)
, In a Fine Frenzy
(University of Iowa Press, 2005)
, Jiggery-Pokery Semicentennial
(Waywiser Press, 2017)
, Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge
(Grayson Books, 2003)
, South Carolina Voices: Poetry and Prose
(Atheneum, 2018)
, Tartts Four
(Livingston Press, 2008)
, Tartts Three
(Livingston Press, 2007)
, The Southern Poetry Anthology: Contemporary Appalachia
(Texas Review Press, 2010)
, The Southern Poetry Anthology: South Carolina
(Texas Review Press, 2007)
, Topograph: New Writing from the Carolinas and the Landscape Beyond
(Novello Festival Press, 2010)
Able Muse, American Scholar, Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal, China Grove, Cortland Review, Crazyhorse, Cumberland Poetry Review, Emrys Journal, Epoch, Evansville Review, First Things, Florida Review, Flyway, Georgia Review, Image Journal, Kakalak, Kestrel, Measure, Miramar Poetry Journal, New Verse News, Pedestal Magazine, Pembroke Magazine, Poetry Daily, Quarterly West, Sewanee Theological Review, Shenandoah, South Carolina Review, Southeast Review, Southern Review, Tampa Review, Writer's Almanac, Tipton Poetry Journal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily, Your Daily Poem
Body Parts
(South Carolina Poetry Initiative, 2007)
Prizes Won: 
Nancy Dew Taylor Poetry Award from Emrys Journal (2018); Special Mention in Pushcart Prize XXXVII (2013); Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Award (2010); 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; Porter Fleming Poetry and Fiction Awards

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Fiction Writer, Poet
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Born in: 
Rockville Centre
Raised in: 
Hempstead and West Islip, NY
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Last updated: Aug 15, 2018