Dick Allen. Courtesy Dick Allen.

Dick Allen (August 8, 1939 - December 26, 2017)) was an American poet, literary critic, and academic.


Allen was born in Troy, New York.[1] He grew up near the Adirondack Mountains in Round Lake, New York, near the Adirondack Mountains. He received a B.A. from Syracuse University and an M.A. from Brown University.[2]

He taught creative writing and English literature at Wright State University 1964-1968, and then the University of Bridgeport.[3] When he retired, he was the Charles A. Dana Endowed Chair Professor at Bridgeport.

He was co-editor of several anthologies of science fiction and science fiction criticism,[4]He was one of the founders of the Expansive Poetry movement. His influences included Ralph Waldo Emerson, A.E. Housman, Ben Jonson, Robert Frost[5]

His poems appeared in many literary magazines, including Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Hudson Review, The Sewanee Review, Massachusetts Review, American Poetry Review, Yale Review, Kenyon Review, Boulevard, The New Criterion, Ploughshares, and The Gettysburg Review.[6]


Allen was a considered a founder of Expansive Poetry, a movement that includes New Formalism and New Narrative, As he has defined the genre: "Expansive Poetry is a narrative, dramatic and sometimes lyric poetry of the late 20th Century that conveys significant non-Confessional observations, thoughts and feelings about the world outside the Self and about the Self’s various relationships with this outer world. In carrying such content, it generally uses traditional rhyme and meter — sometimes loosened or roughened — incorporating natural speech patterns."[2]


He served a 5-year term as Poet Laureate of Connecticut from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2015.

His book, Overnight in the Guest House of the Mystic, was a finalist for the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry.[7]



  • Anon, and various Time Machine poems. New York: Delacorte, 1971.
  • Regions With No Proper Names. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1975.
  • Overnight in the Guest House of the Mystic. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1984.
  • Flight and Pursuit: Poems. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1987.
  • Ode to the Cold War: Poems new and selected. Louisville, KY: Sarabande Books, 1997.
  • The Day Before: New poems. Louisville, KY: Sarabande Books, 2003.
  • Present Vanishing. Louisville, KY: Sarabande Books, 2008.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[9]

See alsoEdit

CT Poet Laureate Dick Allen reads "The Horse Knows the Way"

CT Poet Laureate Dick Allen reads "The Horse Knows the Way"


  1. "Dick Allen (poet)," Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, Web, June 27, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dick Allen b. 1939, Poetry Foundation, Web, June 27, 2012.
  3. Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, vol. 2, R. Reginald, 1979, 794.
  4. Dick Allen, Space Sonnets segment, Skeltonics for Poets and Others
  5. "Dick Allen". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  6. General Public Relations Information, Dick Allen. Web, Mar. 23, 2018.
  7. "All Past National Book Critics Circle Award Winners and Finalists". National Book Critics Circle. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  8. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named epm
  9. Search results = au:Dick Allen, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 18, 2014.

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