Allen Learst won the 2011 Leapfrog Fiction Contest with his collection of linked stories called Dancing at the Gold Monkey. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry has appeared in Crossborder Journal, Alaska Quarterly Review, War, Literature and the Arts, Chattahoochee Review, The Literary Review, Hawaii Review, Passages North, Pisgah Review, and Ascent. His essay “The Blood of Children” first appeared in Water~Stone, and was mentioned in the 2008 Pushcart Prize XXXII, and was a notable in The Best American Non-required Reading. In 2016 he received an Honorable Mention for the Leapfrog Fiction Contest.
Learst has taught at Colorado Mesa University, Minnesota State University, Gustavus Adolphus, and Northern Michigan University. He presently teaches at the University of Wisconsin Colleges-Marinette.
Working with students who love to read as writers would read, and exploring a wide variety of techniques available to the development and practice of one’s art, gives Learst a great deal of satisfaction. Discovering together in workshops the inexhaustible forms and structures available to us writers is very rewarding.