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Dr. Allen Gee - Columbus State University

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Dr. Allen Gee

Professor
Donald L. Jordan Endowed Professor in Creative Writing
English


Academic Areas

Creative Writing

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Houston. English Literature and Creative Writing, 1999. Academic dissertation: The Limits of Modernity and Postmodern Aesthetics in Asian American Literature. Creative dissertation: Far From the Beautiful Country, a novel.
  • M.F.A. The University of Iowa, Writers Workshop. Creative Writing, Fiction Writing Concentration, 1989.
  • B.A. University of New Hampshire. Secondary English Teaching, 1985.

Biography

Allen earned his B.A. in Secondary English Teaching from the University of New Hampshire, an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, and his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Houston. He’s the author of the essay collection, My Chinese-America, and is writer James Alan McPherson’s designated biographer. Allen is currently completing a novel, The Iron Road that chronicles the lives of Chinese railroad workers building the Central Pacific line in 1866. He’s taught from 2004-2018 at Georgia College where he served as coordinator for the Creative Writing program’s undergraduate concentration and the M.F.A. program, as well as directing the college’s visiting writers series. He’s been the Editor of the literary journal Gulf Coast, Fiction Editor for the literary journal Arts & Letters, and is currently the Editor of the multicultural imprint 2040 Books. At CSU, Allen will teach various courses, and as the Donald L. Jordan Endowed Professor of Creative Writing, he’ll lead service trips abroad, run an annual national writing competition, and organize a writing conference to be held every two to three years
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