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Latest Novel by LAS English Alumnus Jeffery Renard Allen Featured on Cover of NYT Book Review

Jun 23, 2014
The latest novel by LAS creative writing alumnus Jeffrey Renard Allen (PhD, 1992) has been reviewed on The New York Times Book Review.  Appearing as the cover review in the June 22 edition of the Times, Allen’s novel, Song of the Shank (Graywolf Press, 2014), is loosely based on the life of Blind Tom, a nineteenth century African American piano virtuoso and composer.  The full review can be read right here.

Dr. Allen serves as a full professor at Queens College in New York and an instructor in the Writing Program at The New School.  Allen is also the author of Rails Under My Back (2000), which won the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Fiction.