On Wednesday March 10th, the Wednesday Night Poetry Series is pleased to present the incredible and accomplished Dick Allen, whose popular readings are combinations of humorous and serious poetry, with Zen floated into the mix. Don’t miss this reading – and come early, seats will fill up fast for this one!
Allen is a Pushcart Prize winner, and a recipient of both an NEA and an Ingram Merrill Poetry Writing Fellowship. His new poems have appeared recently in or are forthcoming in The New Criterion, Crab Orchard Review, Ploughshares, American Scholar, The Georgia Review, The Yale Review, Poetry, Stone Boat, Gettysburg Review, The New York Quarterly, and The Hudson Review. Hundreds of other poems of his have appeared over the years in such magazines as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Agni, The New England Review, and in over 40 national poetry anthologies. His poems have been in five editions of The Best American Poetry and another one will be in the 2010 edition. Allen’s poems and short essays have often been featured on Poetry Daily, as well as read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. In January-February, 2010, he (will be/was) the featured poet on the Tricycle/Rattle Poetry website.
His seventh collection of poetry, the Zen-Buddhist influenced Present Vanishing, was published by Sarabande Books in October, 2008. This last September, it received the 2009 Connecticut Book Award for Poetry. Allen’s previous two collections, The Day Before: New Poems and Ode to the Cold War: Poems New and Selected, also were published by Sarabande Books.
Dick Allen and his wife, poet L. N. Allen, live near the shores of Thrushwood Lake, in Trumbull, Connecticut, with music—Bach and Bluegrass.