Dwight Allen

The Green Suit

Dwight Allen grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and received a B.A. from Lawrence University and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. In the late seventies, he moved to New York and worked for two years as an assistant editor at Scribner’s before joining the editorial staff of The New Yorker Magazine. He was a fact checker at The New Yorker between 1981 and 1986, and between 1986 and 1989 wrote the front-of-the-magazine Night Life column and occasional Briefly Noted book reviews.


Dwight has written nonfiction for a number of magazines and newspapers, some of which has been anthologized. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including The Southern Review, New England Review, The Missouri Review, and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. One story, first published by The Georgia Review, was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. He has published three books of fiction: The Green Suit (Algonquin, 2000), Judge (Algonquin, 2003), and The Typewriter Satyr (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009). The Los Angeles Times described The Green Suit as a “wonder of a book” and Publishers Weekly said of Judge that it is “a quietly moving accomplishment.” Allen lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Typewriter Satyr

Visit him at www.dwight-allen.com.


“Faulkner said he wrote about the heart in conflict with itself. That’s what I write about—human beings wobbling around in search of happiness, falling down mostly.” —Dwight Allen