Dick Allen (poet)

Dick Allen (poet)

Dick Allen (born August 8, 1939) is an American poet, literary critic and academic born in Troy, New York who is serving a five-year term as poet laureate of the state of Connecticut from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2015.

Allen has retired from his position as Charles A. Dana Endowed Chair Professor at the University of Bridgeport. He has been co-editor of several anthologies of science fiction and science fiction criticism.[1]

His poems have appeared in journals including Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Hudson Review, The Sewanee Review, The Massachusetts Review, The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, The Kenyon Review, Boulevard, The New Criterion, Ploughshares, and The Gettysburg Review.[1]



  • Present Vanishing (Sarabande Books, 2008)
  • The Day Before: New Poems (Sarabande Books, 2003)
  • Ode to the Cold War: Poems New and Selected (Sarabande, 1997)
  • Flight and Pursuit (Louisiana State University Press)
  • Overnight in the Guest House of the Mystic (Louisiana State University Press)
  • Regions With No Proper Names (St. Martin's Press)
  • Anon and Various Time Machine Poems (Dell)

Awards and recognition

  • Robert Frost Prize
  • Pushcart Prize
  • Poems included in:
    • The Best American Poetry volumes for 1991, 1994, 1998, 1999 and 2006[1]
    • Scanning the Century: The Penguin Book of the Twentieth Century in Poetry (1999)
  • Poetry writing fellowships:
    • National Endowment for the Arts
    • Ingram Merrill Foundation

See also


  1. ^ a b c [1] EP&M Online Bookstore by Somers Rocks Press Web site, Web page titled "EPM Online Bookstore/Dick Allen", accessed December 10, 2006

External links

  • [2] Dick Allen's Home Page
  • Online biographical sketch
  • [3] Essay on "Expansive poetry" by Dick Allen
  • [4] Cortlandt Review, "A Day in the Life of Dick Allen", Cortlandt Review


Poems online

  • [5] "For My 60th Birthday" and "Tone Poem In A Small Forest Clearing"
  • [6] "On Tenterhooks"
  • [7]"The Weeks Before"
  • [8] "The Lost Children", "Skeletonics for Poets and Others"
  • [9] "As If I Wasn't There"
  • [10] "Elvis," "Rats"
  • [11] "France"
  • [12] "Grandfather"

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