Luke Allan · writer, editor & book designer



☞  WRITING
Poems and essays in the TLS, The Poetry Review,» the Literary Review, Poetry London,» The White Review,» New Poetries VII,» and elsewhere.

A chapbook of poems, Sweet Dreams, the Sea, is forthcoming from the Poetry Society of America in 2024.

*  Shortlisted for the Fitzcarraldo Essay Prize (2023)»
*  Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship (2023)»
*  The aawp/Westerly Life Writing Award (2023)»
*  The Mairtín Crawford Award for Poetry (2021)»
*  Second place, the Bridport Poetry Prize (2020)»
*  Finalist, the National Poetry Competition (2020)»
*  The Charles Causley International Poetry Prize (2019)»
*  The Northern Promise Award for Poetry (2011)»

I have an mst in Creative Writing from Oxford, an mfa in Book Arts from the University of Iowa, and am currently doing doctoral research on poetry and typography at Cambridge.

I am represented by Victoria Hobbs at AM Heath.

Featured poem: Something to Show for It.



☞  EDITING
Editor, Oxford Poetry.» Poetry editor at Partus Press.» Co-editor of the literary magazine Pain.» Former managing editor at Carcanet Press» and deputy editor of PN Review.» Former studio manager at Studio Alec Finlay.» Co-founder of the poetry magazine Butcher’s Dog.» Founder of the small press sine wave peak.»


Co-judge of the 2017 PN Review Prize, the 2015 Singapore Literature Prize, and the 2018 & 2020 Hollingworth Prizes.


Talks on writing and editing for the Universities of Oxford, Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester, Edinburgh, and others. Poetry readings at Durham Book Festival, Blacksmith House (Boston), Ceasura (Edinburgh), Morden Tower (Newcastle), The Other Room (Manchester), Enemies (London), Suttungur Poetry Festival (Reykjavík), and elsewhere.



☞  DESIGN
I design books as Studio Lamont.»