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Dick Allen Papers

A description of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 15 Feb 2019

Biographical History

Dick Allen (1939-2017) was an American poet and essayist.

Allen grew up in Round Lake, NY. He received a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and a master's from Brown. He was recognized many times for his poetry, including the New Criterion Poetry Prize, Connecticut Book Award, Robert Frost Prize, Pushcart Prize, Hart Crane Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. He was influenced by major poets such as Emerson and Robert Frost, as well as by his lifelong study of Zen philosophy. He was Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2010-2015.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Dick Allen Papers contains manuscripts, correspondence, and other material of the American poet.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is unprocessed and remains in original order.


Access Restrictions:

The collection is currently unprocessed and not available for research. Please contact SCRC for more information.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Allen, Dick, 1939-2017


American poetry.
Poets laureate -- Connecticut.
Poets, American.


Connecticut -- Intellectual life.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.
Tape reels.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Dick Allen Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Tanya Allen and Lori Allen, 2019.

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