L. N. Allen (Lori Negridge Allen), long-time wife of the current Connecticut Poet Laureate Dick Allen, wrote poetry through her high school and college years, but began their marriage writing fantasy and literary fiction. One of these stories won Grand Prize in the annual Writer’s Digest Creative Writing Competition. Others appeared in such journals as The Louisville Review, The Madison Review, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and The Twilight Zone.
She’s the co-editor of Looking Ahead: The Vision of Science Fiction (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich), and has published non-fiction in The New York Times, as well as works on alienation and self-discovery, and on the history of science fiction.
After raising two children, when she began teaching English at the University of Bridgeport her continually published stories shrunk to short shorts, than to prose poems, then finally to poetry, both formal and free verse–returning her to first love.
Lori’s new poems can be found in The Cream City Review, The Southern Review, Tundra, Margie, Tar River Poetry, Connecticut River Review, Caduceus, among others. She’s an accomplished reader, presenting both humorous and serious poems.
Currently, L.N. Allen is preparing for publication her first collection of poems, tentatively titled Small Pictures.