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.

Photo by grey doolin (c) 2014

D. Allen is a queer and genderqueer poet and interdisciplinary artist. They live in Minneapolis, MN, and have strong ties to Madison, WI, Durham, NC, and southern Vermont. D. is currently an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing program at the University of Minnesota, where they co-founded the Mill City Reading Series, a series of monthly readings that showcase the work of Creative Writing MFA candidates at the University.

Using poetic and essayistic forms, D.’s writing explores the body, illness/disability, the natural world, sexuality and gender. The LGBTQ Narratives group—a twice-monthly meeting space for queer activist-writers in Madison, WI—nurtured D.’s poetic voice for three years, and provided a venue in which to explore collaboration, performance and spoken word. In collaboration with Narratives members, D. wrote for, performed in, and co-produced Conceal & Carry: Queers Exposed, a play of monologues by queer-identified writers.

D. is now working on Connective Tissue, a hybrid collection of poems, lyric essays, and images that uses memory, narrative, and experimental poetic structures to examine the effects of illness on the body. D. has been a writer-in-residence at Write On, Door County!, the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, and The Atlantic Center for the Arts; their work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Rogue Agent, Poets.orgQDA: A Queer Disability Anthologycream city review, The Forest LogMake/shiftThe Helen Burns Poetry Anthology, and elsewhere. On any given day, D. can be found playing the banjo, looking up familiar words in antique dictionaries, or walking in the nearest state park.