R. A. Allen

Location Memphis
Occupation writer, reader, layabout
Website https://poets.nyq.org/poet/raallen

About Me

Bio: R. A. Allen's work has appeared in The Literary Review, The Barcelona Review #64, the New York Quarterly, PANK, RHINO Poetry, Boston Literary Magazine, The Penn Review, Amuse-Bouche, JAMA, Third Wednesday, Gargoyle, and others. Selected for Best American Mystery Stories 2010. Nominated by LITnIMAGE for Dzanc Books' Best of the Web 2010. He lives in Memphis. More at http://www.nyqpoets.net/poet/raallen

Why do you write?

In the beginning was the reader...

Any favorite authors? Books?

Anthony Burgess, Anthony Lane, Adam Gopnik, Franzen, Faulkner, Jack Pendarvis, Richard Price, George Saunders, Delillo, Conrad, Bob Shacochis, O'Connor, Shakespeare, B. Traven, Joyce; etc

R. A. Allen's Wall

Rae Bryant – Jul 18, 2010


Meg Pokrass – May 09, 2010

Thanks for reading Kumquat Soda. I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for letting me know!

David Erlewine – Mar 18, 2010

R.A., thanks re Pear Noir. I was/am stoked! And glad you liked the give and take re Anderbo. Ha, I've just about given up on them. A guy can only take so many 14 hour form rejection letters reminding him he's in the 99% group of no-no's.

David Erlewine – Feb 20, 2010

Hi R.A., thanks for the kind words about Staccato. I'm psyched. It's for a slightly altered version of my Valentine's Day massacre story posted here last weekend.

sara t. – Feb 14, 2010

R.A. Thanx for your kinds words on piece "Desire". Much appreciated!

Jarrid Deaton – Jan 23, 2010


I have seen almost all of Hartley's films, but I have yet to watch "Fay Grim" for some reason. I think, in my weird movie memory way, I'm afraid that the new twist in the Henry Fool story (concerning his "confessions) would mess with my thoughts on the original film. I'll check it out, though. Also, thanks for the kind words on my stories.

Ajay Nair – Jan 19, 2010

R.A., thanks for the read and the fave for 'War'. Much appreciated.

David Erlewine – Jan 13, 2010

R.A., thanks so much for the comments to "Movie Night." Really glad I found this online to post, mainly for comments like yours. I have three Larry Brown books waiting for me at home. Fired up to stay up late tonight and dig into one of them. Take care, D

Greg Gerke – Dec 02, 2009

Thanks R.A.!

David Erlewine – Dec 02, 2009

Thanks for the kind wall post. Looking fwd to reading Closed Curve and more of your work.

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