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 & Prizes

The Best American Poetry (Scribner, 2006)
Zen Master Poems (Wisdom Publications, 2016)
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)
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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

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Identifies as: 
British, Buddhist
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Round Lake, NY
New York
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Last update: Dec 01, 2016