William, Allen

Born: September 8, 1940

Ohio connection: Resident


Born in Dallas, Texas, and writing since the age of twelve, William Allen has interests that include fiction and nonfiction, history, humor, nature, and regional writing about his Texas background. Allen attended universities in Texas, California, and Iowa, and has taught creative writing at The Ohio State University since 1973. His books include Walking Distance: An Ohio Odyssey (1993), and his short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in many periodicals including Antioch Review, Saturday Review, New York Times, and Audience. Allen was the founding editor of The Journal (originally Ohio Journal), the award-winning literary periodical of The Ohio State University, that has been published continuously since 1973.

Los Angeles Newspaper Guild award, 1967, as California State, Long Beach journalist of the year.