Professional Bio

Allen Learst won the 2011 Leapfrog Fiction Contest for his short story collection, Dancing at the Gold Monkey, judged by Marge Piercy. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry appeared in War, Literature and the Arts, Alaska Quarterly Review, Chattahoochee Review, Hawaii Review, Passages North, Ascent, The Literary Review, Pisgah, and Water~Stone. The first chapter of his yet unpublished novel, Bonefish, was published in Crossborder Journal. Excerpts from a novel in progress were published in The Wall. His essay “The Blood of Children” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received a “Special Mention” in the 2008 Pushcart Prize XXXII Best of the Small Presses, and a “Notable” in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Colleges—Marinette, Wisconsin, and a Faculty Mentor for the Regis University Mile High MFA low-residency program in Denver, Colorado.