Guest Speaker & Lecturer
Preston L. Allen, a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship recipient and a winner of the Sonja H. Stone Prize in Fiction, is the author of 8 books of fiction. A three-time AALBC bestseller, Allen writes on a diversity of topics and in a diversity of genres.
Allen’s stories have appeared in numerous literary anthologies and journals including Las Vegas Noir, Miami Noir, Brown Sugar, Seattle Review, Drum Voices, and Black Renaissance Noire. His novels All or Nothing and Jesus Boy have received rave reviews from the O, the Oprah Magazine, Feminist Review, and The Chicago Tribune. The New York Timeshas called him “a cartographer of autodegradation,” and places his work on a continuum with that of Dostoyevsky, William S. Burroughs, and Charles Bukowski. The Chicago Tribune describes Allen’s work of speculative fiction, the novel, Every Boy Should Have a Man, as a fearless amalgam of allegory, fantasy and fable that “muses on race, slavery, civil rights and even climate change.” Allen’s new novel, I Disappeared Them, is forthcoming in Spring 2023.
The creator and host of Accents: A Poetry Jam, Preston L. Allen is associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Miami Dade College.