Jason Allen

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Online Publications
 

THE MOLOTOV COCKTAIL:

"Reverse"
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RAGAZINE:

"Love Auction"
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CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN VOICES:

"Naked As The Night Is Long"
"Pale As Milk"

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OREGON LITERARY REVIEW:

"The Face Before Him"
"In This Space"
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Print Publications

Passages North -- Issue 35

Cream City Review -- Issue 38.2

Paterson Literary Review -- Issues 42 & 43

 

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Forthcoming Books:

A Meditation On Fire (full-length poetry collection) Southeast Missouri State University Press
Available Fall of 2016

AWARDS

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2014 - Allen Ginsberg Awards - 3rd prize for the poem "Pop"

2014 - Academy of American Poets Award - Runner-up for the poem "The Story of My Scar"

2013 - Academy of American Poets Award - Honorable Mention for the poem "Brother"

About Me

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I'm an author, a poet, a teacher of creative writing. I feel my job is to facilitate empathy.

During the past few years, I’ve been writing my second novel, poems to fill out my first book of poetry, my first book-length memoir, writing and writing like I have limited time on this earth, which I do, though thankfully no one has put an exact clock on the remainder of my time. I feel a sense of urgency; I'm hoping to share a connection with someone who needs to know they’re not alone. I feel the need to facilitate empathy.

It’s so easy (so human) to forget. We were all once a baby. A perfect little alien who had endless potential. It’s so easy to fall into the quicksand of adult thinking, to believe the consensus view that we are the summary of our flaws and that we have more flaws than others do. But we are not defined by these perceived imperfections; we are not meant to drown. No, we are meant to reach out to the drowning and remind them that the water actually is shallow enough to stand. I am doing my best to share pain and struggle and find the threads of light that when woven together blaze a path to hope. I am trying to share what it feels like to be human.

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