About D. Allen

This is a portrait of D. Allen wearing a red plaid shirt and leaning against a light blue wall. The portrait is juxtaposed with an up-close image of a pink magnolia bud.

Photos by grey doolin (c) 2014

D. Allen is a queer/genderqueer poet and multidisciplinary artist living in Minneapolis.  D. is a 2017 graduate of the Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Minnesota. Using poetic and essayistic forms and a range of other artistic media, D.’s work explores the body, illness, disability, intimacy, the natural world, sexuality, and gender.

D. has been awarded residencies and fellowships from Dickinson House (July 2018), The Lighthouse WorksWrite On, Door County!, the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, and The Atlantic Center for the Arts. They have received a 2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, a 2017 Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant from the Loft Literary Center, a Michael Dennis Browne Fellowship, and two James Wright Prizes from the Academy of American Poets.