Austin Allen (writer)

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Born1984 (age 38–39)
Middletown, Connecticut
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • BA
  • MFA in Creative Writing
  • PhD in English/Creative Writing
Alma mater
  • Yale University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • The University of Cincinnati
  • Poet
  • Literary critic
  • Academic

Austin Allen (born 1984) is an American poet and literary critic.

Life and career

Allen earned a BA from Yale University, an MFA in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in English/Creative Writing from The University of Cincinnati. Allen has worked as an editor and taught creative writing at Johns Hopkins University and The University of Cincinnati.

His first collection of poetry, Pleasures of the Game (Waywiser Press, 2016), was published in October 2016 as the winner of the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, selected by Eavan Boland.[1] [2] Allen's poetry has appeared in The Yale Review, The Sewanee Review, The Missouri Review, Verse Daily, and the Hopkins Review. He is the former editor-in-chief of the Poetry Genius project at Genius (website).[3] His literary criticism has been published by The Poetry Foundation, JSTOR Daily and other periodicals.


  • Anthony Hecht Prize from Waywiser Press[4]


  1. "Eavan Boland and Austin Allen Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize". Folger Shakespeare Library. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  2. "Poetry Interview: Austin Allen". The Good Men Project. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  3. "How Motionpoems, Rap Genius, APR Are Driving A Poetry Renaissance". Forbes. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  4. "11th Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize – The Waywiser Press".

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