Jeffrey Renard Allen

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General Information

Name: Jeffery Renard Allen

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: Chicago



Illinois Connection

Allen was born and raised in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jeffery Renard Allen is a poet, essayist, short story writer, and novelist. Raised on the south side of Chicago, he now lives in New York and teaches at Queens College and in the writing program at the New School.

Published Works

  • Harbors and Spirits, Moyer Bell, 1999
  • Rails Under My Back, Harvest Books, 2000
  • Stellar Places, Asphodel Press, 2007
  • Holding Pattern, Graywolf Press, 2008
  • Song of the Shank, Graywolf Press, 2014

Titles at Your Library

Literary Awards

Rails Under My Back

  • Heartland Prize for Fiction, Chicago Tribune

Holding Pattern

  • Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

Other Awards:

  • Whiting Writer's Award
  • Chicago Public Library's Twenty-first Century Award
  • Pioneering Achievements in Fiction, African American Literature and Culture Association
  • Charles Angoff Award for Fiction, The Literary Review, 2003
  • Special citations from the Society for Midlands Authors and the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Jeffery Renard Allen is represented by the Jodi Solomon Speakers Bureau.

External Links

Jeffrey Renard Allen on WorldCat


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