Artist CV


2017 / MFA in Poetry, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
2009 / BA in Literature and Printmaking, Bennington College


Feb 2019* // A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe, hybrid poetry collection, The Operating System (now available for preorder)


2017 // You Get Home Okay, a poem: Poetry of Resistance & Change, Sister Black Press / Monica Edwards Larsen

2016 // Body : Language : Jungle, a performance poem: The Naked I: Self-Defined Published Script, 20% Theatre Company

2015 // Possession, a poem, and A Collection of Thorns, a lyric essay: QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology. Squares & Rebels Press, ed. Raymond Luczak

2010 // For Rachel, a poem: The Helen Burns Poetry Anthology: New Voices from the Academy of American Poets College Prize, ed. Mark Doty


2017 // “O Sister,” original poem written for the Voices of Hope choir at Shakopee Women’s Prison, conducted by Amanda Weber, set to music by composer Kathleen Allan, and performed by both the Voices of Hope and the University of Minnesota Women’s Choir

2016 // Restored Mural for Orlando, Queerodactyl Press: a benefit chapbook and micro press co-created with poet Roy G. Guzmán and translator Marco Antonio Huerta in support of the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre


2017 // 

Meet me in the garden, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, We were going to build a dark room, three poems, Jet Fuel Review

Power, a poem, Poetry City USA, Vol. 7 (print only)

All the Notes Play, a poem, The Academy of American Poets /

The Rust Collection, lyric essay with gouache drawings, District Lit, Disability, Illness, and Medicine Special Issue

In which two voices discuss the merits of writing about pain and Plans for the exoskeleton I’d like you to help me build, two poems, Lockjaw Magazine, Vol. 5

2016 // 

Spine, Thorn, two dictionary erasure poems, pnk prl, Issue 1

Autobodiography, a lyric essay, Connotation Press, Issue IV, Vol. VIII
On Needles, a lyric essay with ink drawings, Black Warrior Review Issue 43.1 (print only) & On Material: A Craft Essay, Black Warrior Review web feature

Singing Bowl: A Round for Eight Voices, a lyric essay, and Scapulimancy, a prose poem, Rogue Agent Journal

Great Plains, The Academy of American Poets /

2015 // 

“A Collection of Thorns,”cream city review, Issue 39.1 (print only)


2018 //

Poetic Ecosystems: A Reading & Conversation curated by D. Allen, with Sagirah Shahid and Halee Kirkwood, with support from the MN State Arts Board // Butter Bakery Café
Reading with blake nemec, Maitreyi Ray, and D. Allen // Moon Palace Books
Read & Response, curated by Anthony Ceballos and Chavonn Williams Shen // SubText Books
Poetry in the Park, curated by Gretchen Marquette // The Commons
Daddy: A Queer Variety Show // Icehouse MPLS
Featured Guest Artist Reading // Augustana College, IA
Poetry Asylum Reading, Moon Palace Books
Naked I monologue showcase // Rainbow Health Initiative Opportunity Conference

2017 //

The Lighthouse Works Open Studios Reading // Fishers Island, NY
Poetry of Resistance and Change (Sister Black Press) // The Soap Factory
Pop-Up Reading with Sister Black Bike Press // Butter Bakery
Society Editions Broadside Release with Erin Sharkey // The Loft Literary Center
The Great Twin Cities Poetry Read // Augsburg College
Five Writers, Five Minutes, Five Watt, curated by Elizabeth Tannen // Five Watt Coffee

2016 // 

Talking Image Connection // The Soap Factory
Twin Cities Zine Fest Reading // Quatrefoil Library
Writers Read, curated by Janaya Martin // The Coffee Shop Northeast
As Curated By…Raymond Luczak: QDA Anthology reading // The Loft Literary Center
The Naked I: Self-Defined, a 20% Theatre Production // Intermedia Arts

2015 // 

QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology book launch // Patrick’s Cabaret
Mill City Reading Series // Magers & Quinn Bookstore

Earlier //

Conceal & Carry: Queers Exposed, an LGBTQ Narratives Production // Madison, WI (multiple venues), 2013 – 11


2018 // VSA Minnesota Jerome Emerging Artists with Disabilities Grant
2018 // Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant
2017 // Minnesota Emerging Writer’s Grant, The Loft Literary Center
2016 // James Wright Poetry Prize (“All the notes play”), University of Minnesota
2015 // College of Liberal Arts Research Travel Grant, University of Minnesota
2008 // Academy of American Poets College Prize, Bennington College


2018 // Writer in Residence, Mallard Island Artist Residency, Rainy Lake, MN
2017 // Writing Fellowship, The Lighthouse Works, Fishers Island, NY
2016 // Michael Dennis Browne Fellowship in Poetry, University of Minnesota
2016 & 15 // Writer in Residence, Write On, Door County!, WI
2014 // Writer in Residence, H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, OR
2013 // Associate Artist in Residence, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL


2016 – 14 // Facilitator & co-founder, The Mill City Reading Series, Magers & Quinn Bookshop: A series of new work by writers of the UMN Creative Writing MFA Program

2013 – 11 // Producer, Writer, Performer, Conceal & Carry: Queers Exposed: A monologues play written and produced by LGBTQ Narratives members in venues across Madison, WI

2010 – 08 // Creator & facilitator, The Traveling Book Show: An annual collaborative book arts project with dozens of participants, which took place through the US Postal Service;  final works were displayed at and collected by Crossett Library, Bennington, VT


2017 // “Self-Portrait As Crane Family,” mix-media painting on canvas, Transfabulous: Beyond the Binary, Minneapolis Central Library (annual group exhibition)

2016 // “Self-Portrait As My Haunted Gender,” mixed-media painting on canvas,  Transfabulous: Beyond the Binary, Minneapolis Central Library (annual group exhibition)


June 2018, solo workshop // Finding your voice through materials, a single-session workshop on mixed media art-making for adults of all ages and experience levels, Transfabulous Workshop Series, Minneapolis Central Library

April 2018, class visit // The Treachery of Images, OLLI Scholar course on hybrid literary works taught by David Andrews

April 2018, class visit, solo reading & open mic // Queer Life Stories and Professor kiki kosnick present D. Allen, Augustana College

October 2017, group artist talk // The Lighthouse Works presents D. Allen, Jared Buckheister, Leah Guadagnoli, Kate Moses, and Zach Trow, Fishers Island, NY
August 2017, solo workshop // Finding your voice through materials: Choosing and using mixed media in painting and drawing, Transfabulous Workshop Series, Nokomis Library

May 2017, solo artist talk // Body and/as Material: A public MFA thesis defense, University of Minnesota

February 2017, group panel // Invisible Illness, Tangible Language: How Disability Influences Craft, with Emily Corwin, D. Allen, CL Black, Nicole Oquendo, and Aubrie Cox (curator), AWP Conference, Washington, DC

September 2016, solo artist talk/reading // Embodied Poetics: Queering the Lyric Essay, Grinnell College

January 2016, workshop co-facilitator // “The Personal Essay: Working With Memory,” with nonfiction writer Emily Strasser, hosted by Write On Door County! at Door County YMCA, Fish Creek, WI


2017 – 14 // Graduate Writing Instructor, University of Minnesota

Introduction to Creative Writing (primary instructor), 2 semesters
Introduction to Poetry (primary instructor), 1 semester
First-Year Writing (primary instructor), 2 semesters
Contemporary American Literature (teaching assistant), 1 semester

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