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    Jeffery Allen

    PhD in English (Creative Writing) - University of Illinois at Chicago


    Jeffery Renard Allen holds a PhD in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has published three books, Stellar Places and Harbors and Spirits, both collections of poems, and the novel Rails Under My Back, which won the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Fiction. His essays, reviews, fiction, and poetry have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Poets & Writers, Triquarterly, Ploughshares, BOMB, Hambone, StoryQuarterly, African Voices, African American Review, Callaloo, Black Renaissance Noire, Literary Review, XCP: Cross Cultural Poetic, and other publications. He has received numerous awards for his work including a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award, and a Recognition for Pioneering Achievements in Fiction from the African American Literature and Culture Association. Allen is currently working on a novel and is an associate professor of English at the City University of New York, Queens College and an instructor in the graduate writing programs at The New School and Columbia University.

    Recent Publications

    Stellar Places Harbors and SpiritsRails Under My Back