Paul Allen ’67 Honored with Huntingdon College Alumni Achievement Award
Montgomery, AL—Paul Allen, a 1967 Huntingdon College
alumnus and Pulitzer Prize nominee, was recognized by the College’s National Alumni
Association Board with the 2004 Alumni Achievement Award during Homecoming festivities in April.
Allen’s performances of poetry and song are characterized by humor and wit.
His first book of poetry, American Crawl, received the Vassar Miller Poetry Prize,
was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, and was named by
Amazon.com as one of the top ten small press books of 1997. The Man with the
Hardest Belly, a collection of his poems and songs, was produced in 2000 on CD.
His poetry has appeared in Northwest Review, Southern Poetry Review, Southwest
Review, Ascent, Poetry Northwest, Ontario Review, New England Review/Bread Loaf
Quarterly, Iowa Review, Laurel Review, North American Review, and Puerto del Sol,
as well as in several anthologies.
Allen serves as associate professor of English at the College of Charleston
in Charleston, South Carolina, where he has taught for 30 years and founded the
Creative Writing Program, the College of Charleston Writers Series, and the College
of Charleston Songwriters Series. He is a contributing editor to Crazyhorse, a
national literary journal.
He completed his Master of Arts in English at Auburn University in 1971 and a
second master’s degree in English/Creative Writing at the University of Florida
Allen received recognition during the National Alumni Association awards
luncheon on April 17. Huntingdon College is celebrating its Sesquicentennial
year as a private coeducational liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church.