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Mike Allen, American writer. Fellow: Knight Center for Specialized Journalism; member: Science Fiction Poetry Association (president since 2004).


Allen, Mike was born on February 1, 1969 in Minneapolis. Son of Theodore Darrell and Shonna Lee Allen.


Bachelor in Liberal Arts, Virginia Tech, 1992. Master of Arts in Creative Writing, Hollins University, 1994.


He currently lives in Roanoke, Virginia. In 2015, his debut short story collection Unseaming was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award for best single author collection. The Philadelphia Inquirer has described Allen as being "mong the better-known practitioners of speculative poetry" and said his poems "work best when his bizarre lyricism is put in the service of a scary and taut narrative." He served as President of the Science Fiction Poetry Association from 2004 to 2006.

He created the small press poetry journal Mythic Delirium in 1998. Published biannually, the journal has included poems by authors such as Suzette Haden Elgin, Neil Gaiman, Theodora Goss, Joe Haldeman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Darrell Schweitzer, Sonya Taaffe, Catherynne M. Valente, Ian Watson and Jane Yolen.


  • Allen has won the Rhysling Award for best speculative poem three times, in 2003, 2006, and 2007.


  • Other Work

    • Poetry magazine, Mythic Delirium. Editor: (fiction anthology) New Dominions: Fantasy Stories by Virginia Writers. Co-editor: (poetry anthology) The Alchemy of Stars: Rhysling Award Winners Showcase.

      Author: (poetry collection) Defacing the Moon and Other Poems, Petting the Time Shark and Other Poems, Disturbing Muses. Co-author: (poem) Epochs in Exile: A Fantasy Trilogy (Rhysling Award for Long Poem, 2003). Author: (poetry and fiction collection) Strange Wisdoms of the Dead.

      Editor: (fiction anthology) MYTHIC.


His short story "The Button Bin," published in the October 2007 issue of Helix SF, was a finalist for the 2008 Nebula Award for Best Short Story.


Quotations: "mong the better-known practitioners of speculative poetry".


Fellow: Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. Member: Science Fiction Poetry Association (president since 2004).


Married Anita Devi Seth, June 26, 1992.

Theodore Darrell

Shonna Lee Allen

Anita Devi Seth