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Individual Author Record

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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''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