University of Iowa

Allen Gee

Allen Gee is currently the DL Jordan Endowed Professor of Creative Writing at Columbus State University. Prior to teaching at CSU, he served as the Director of the M.F.A. Program at Georgia College, where he taught for thirteen years. He has been the Editor of Gulf Coast, the Fiction Editor for Arts & Letters, and currently serves as the Editor for both the multicultural imprint 2040 Books and the newly formed DLJ Books. A graduate of The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Houston, his writing can be found in Ploughshares, The Common, Crab Orchard Review, Terrain, Lumina, and other journals. His essay collection, My Chinese America, was published in 2015, and he’s recently completed a novel, The Iron Road. He’s also been a Yaddo fellow and has received numerous fellowships and grants. He is at work now on James Alan McPherson’s biography, At Little Monticello, and other projects. He is married to Renee Dodd and has two daughters, Ashley and Willa.

Instructor Events

Weekend June 22 to June 23 2019
Instructor(s): 
Allen Gee

Every writer applying for an M.F.A. struggles to know how to put together a strong application, especially if you’re the first family member to apply to graduate school, or if you’ve been away from academia, or if you weren’t an English major. What goes into the application from the cover letter, to the resume or c.v., to recommendation letters and the personal statement, and of course, what should the writing sample look like?

Weeklong June 23 to June 28 2019
Instructor(s): 
Allen Gee

So many creative nonfiction writers have a story to tell, but want to know how to bring their work to a greater level of significance. Writing race, feminism, immigration, nature and the environment, or delving into childhood and beyond—how do we develop and emphasize themes stemming from our personal stories/essays to speak to larger issues? How do we protest artfully, or chronicle most poignantly? This workshop will help nonfiction writers at all skill levels refine their craft or clarify the meaning of their writing.