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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jeffery Renard Allen  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: Chicago


-- Website -- http://www.jefferyrenardallen.com
-- Jeffrey Renard Allen on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=jeffrey+renard+allen

E-Mail: -- jeffallen1826@gmail.com


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.


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

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Harbors and spirits
ISBN: 9781559212083. OCLC Number: 37157498

Asphodel,. .

Holding pattern :
ISBN: 9781555975098. OCLC Number: 213300753

Graywolf Press,. .

Allen melds gritty urban life and magical realism in his first collection (after the novel Rails Under My Back). At times, the combination works-in the title story, full of contemporary slang, a character grows wings, but instead of ethereal white feathers, they are dried up and brown and crusty, like some fried chicken wings.

Rails under my back :
ISBN: 0374246262. OCLC Number: 42022221

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux,. .

In a story that transcends time, "one image holding the family together is that of the railroad--the railroad that carries the Jones men off to war and back again, that carries their parents from the South to the North, from living quarters to workplace, from one form of bondage or freedom to another."--Jacket.

Rails under my back :
ISBN: 9781555979126. OCLC Number: 898419569

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Rails Under My Back is an epic that tracks the interwoven lives of two brothers, Lucius and John Jones, who are married to two sisters, Gracie and Sheila McShan. For them, their parents, and their children, life is always full of departures; someone is always fleeing town and leaving the remaining family to suffer the often dramatic, sometimes tragic consequences. The multiple effects of the comings and goings are devastating: These are the almost mythic expression of the African American experience in the half century that followed the Second World War. The story ranges, as the characters do, from the city, which is somewhat like both New York and Chicago, to Memphis, to the West, and to many inner and outer locales. Rails Under My Back is a multifaceted, brilliantly colored, intensely musical novel that pulses with urgency and originality.--Back cover.

Song of the shank :
ISBN: 1555976808. OCLC Number: 857967485

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"In 1866 as Tom and his guardian, Eliza Bethune, struggle to adjust to their fashionable apartment in the city in the aftermath of riots that had driven them away a few years before. But soon a stranger arrives from the mysterious island of Edgemere, inhabited solely by African settlers and black refugees from the war and riots, who intends to reunite Tom with his now-liberated mother."--Page 4 of cover.

Song of the shank :
ISBN: 9781490615967. OCLC Number: 886953780

Recorded Books, Inc.,. .

In 1866 as Tom and his guardian, Eliza Bethune, struggle to adjust to their fashionable apartment in the city in the aftermath of riots that had driven them away a few years before. But soon a stranger arrives from the mysterious island of Edgemere, inhabited solely by African settlers and black refugees from the war and riots, who intends to reunite Tom with his now-liberated mother.--Page 4 of cover.

Stellar places
ISBN: 9781559213851. OCLC Number: 70630438

Asphodel Press :. .