Gary Allen was born in Ballymena, Co. Antrim. Published in Agenda, Ambit, Antigonish Review, The Edinburgh Review, FreeVerse, Irish Pages, London Magazine, Poetry Ireland, The Poetry Review, South Carolina Review, Stand, The Yellow Nib. His tenth poetry collection is due in 2010 from Lagan Press. A selection of his poems featured in the anthology, The New North, Wake Forest University Press. He recently received a major award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.