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J Allen

Piper Writers Studio Instructor 2020, 2021
Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellow 2019

About J Allen

J Allen has received fellowships & scholarships from Tin House, Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Community of Writers, & VONA, among others. Along with Jari Bradley & Willie Kinard III, J is a founding member of the Black queer gospel trio The Upper Room Collective. A Pushcart nominee, J’s poems either appear or are forthcoming in Colorado Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Vinyl, Virginia Quarterly Review, Wildness, The Impossible Beast: Queer Erotic Poems, & elsewhere. Currently, J lives in U.S.-occupied O’odham, Akimel O’odham, Yavapai, & Hohokam land where they practice Black listening.