Kenzie Allen

poet & multimodal artist

Previous Events


March 8 » AWP offsite welcome event reading with Poetry NW & Seattle Arts & Lectures. The Pine Box, Seattle, WA, 8 pm.

March 9 » “In-Na-Poets and En-treaties: Writing Indigenous—What Does it Mean Now?” panel with Kimberly M. Blaeser, Crisosto Apache, Elise Paschen, Jake Skeets; Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference, 2023; Seattle, WA. (3:20 PM, Signature Room, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center Level 5)

March 9 » “Celebration of In-Na-Po, Indigenous Nations Poets” reading. Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA, 7 pm.

Apr 2 » Moderating a conversation between Brandon Hobson, Nasugraq Rainey Hopson and Kim Rogers for the Kweli Color of Children’s Literature Conference. (Sunday Apr 2, 10:45 – 11:45AM EST)

Apr 22 » Haudenosaunee reading near Ithaca, NY.

Apr 24 – Apr 28 » Indigenous Nations Poets (In-Na-Po) 2023 Fellowship Retreat, Door County, WI.

May 11 » Haudenosaunee reading broadcast as part of Spring Writes; 5:45 – 6:45PM via Zoom

May 19 – June 2 » Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency, Washington County, NY.

May 22 » Oneida authors event, Radisson Ballroom, Oneida / Green Bay, WI. 4:45pm – 7pm; part of Oneida Nation of Wisconsin’s bicentennial celebration.

July 13 – Aug 1  » Hedgebrook Writing Residency, Puget Sound, WA.


February 28 » “Indigenous Poetry Series: Joan Naviyuk Kane and Kenzie Allen” reading, hosted by Brooklyn Public Library. (6PM EST, virtual)

March 26 » “Indigenous Storytelling & Poetics: Strategies for Writing Histories” panel with Abigail Chabitnoy, Franklin K.R. Cline, and Deborah Taffa; Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference, 2022; Pittsburgh, PA. (1:45PM, 115C, Pennsylvania Convention Center)

April 7 » “In Praise of Legacy” reading with Angel C. Dye and Aliyah Muhammad, hosted by Faraday Publishing. (7:30PM EST, virtual)

April 25-29 » Indigenous Nations Poets Fellow, first annual In-Na-Po Retreat for emerging poets in Washington D.C.

Sept 26  » Mapping Wampum: Storytelling & Sovereignty in Indigenous Poetry – craft talk & poetry reading / research presentation as part of the Center for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages (CIKL), 7PM, in-person and on Zoom

Nov 17  » “Three Idiots Shouting Poetry Presents Kenzie Allen!” reading and open mic night via Two Idiots Peddling Poetry, 9 PM EST (facebook event link)


February 18 » “In the Mood for Love Poems: A Poetry Reading and Celebration with Faylita Hicks, Benjamin Garcia, Jubi Arriola-Headley, Allison Adair, and Matthew Olzmann, hosted by White Whale Bookstore (8:00pm EST, virtual)

March 11 » “What the Universe Is” reading with Jon D. Lee, hosted by Michael Mercurio. (7:30PM EST, virtual)

June 14-21 » “Wampum: a multimodal book of poetry and ethnographic memoir” creative works presentation @ Native American Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Annual Meeting 2021, virtual

September 8 » York University classes begin; Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Teaching AP/EN 2600: Intro to Creative Writing (M 11:30am-2:30pm) & AP/EN 3620: Intermediate Poetry Workshop (Th 11:30-2:30pm).

October 23 » 92Y Discovery Prize (2020 & 2021) Reading with Ina Cariño, Asa L. Drake, Luther Hughes, Daniella Toosie-Watson, Mag Gabbert, Ana Portnoy Brimmer, Alexandra Zuckerman; 92 Street Y, New York, NY.

November 5 » Seattle Arts & Lecture presents: a reading with Sherwin Bitsui & Kenzie Allen @ Hugo House, Seattle, WA. (7:30PM)


March 27 (5:30pm – 7:30 pm) » Visiting Writer Reading with Erika T. Wurth and David Heska Wanbli Weiden @ Café Anna; Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT.

May 7-9 » “‘Good Words’: Alternative Storytelling Methods in Indigenous Poetry” paper presentation @ Native American Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Conference 2020, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Conference cancelled.

September 9th » York University classes begin; Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Teaching AP/EN 2600: Intro to Creative Writing (M 11:30am-2:30pm) & AP/EN 3620: Intermediate Poetry Workshop (Th 11:30-2:30pm).


February 11 » “Good Words: Alternative Storytelling Methods in Indigenous Poetry” job talk & presentation. (3:30 PM, York University, Rm. 305, Founders College, 99 Ottawa Road, Toronto, Ontario.)

June 29th – July 6 » Crete!

August 1-4 & 15-16 » Sand Mountain Fire Lookout, Sand Mountain Society / forest service volunteer; SMS Archivist/Documentarian research.

December 13th » “Poetry & Ethnography: Expanding the Narrative,” presentation/lecture & writing workshop. Anthropology & Poetry Speaker and Workshop Series, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.


February 24th » “Stories & Soup” Writing Workshop, Hosted by Oneida Nation Arts Program & the Wisconsin Native American Playwright Festival. (10AM – 4 PM, $20, Oneida Nation Community Education Center, 2632 Packerland Dr, Green Bay, WI.)

March 7 – 10 » Anthropoid & Reservoir, bookfair table 225, at AWP Annual Conference ’18. (Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Bay, FL).

March 9th, 3 PM – 4:15 PM » “Why Start A Literary Magazine“, panel at AWP Annual Conference ’18, with Erin Stalcup, Gabriel Blackwell, and Levis Keltner. “Some say more excellent literary journals exist than anyone could ever read, so there’s no need for any more. We disagree. The founders and editors of four mission-driven magazines—The CollagistAnthropoidNewfound, and Waxwing—discuss why we started our journals, and how we’re changing the literary landscape by publishing aesthetically brilliant, diverse voices. We are doing the necessary work of expanding the conversation through the range and rigor of our authors.” (Room 15, First Floor, Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Bay, FL)

April 17th, 19th » Poetry Workshops at ICS Milwaukee, hosted by The BIG READ Milwaukee and UWM, with Peter Burzynski, and Franklin K R Kline.

April 11th, 18th, and 25th » “Writer Wednesdays” writing and creative workshops, hosted by Oneida Nation Arts Program. (5-6:30PM, free, Oneida Nation Community Education Center, 2632 Packerland Dr, Green Bay, WI).

May 17th » Syttende Mai (Trondheim, Norway).

July 19th » PHOTOGRAPHY NOW! exhibition, hosted by Ozier Muhammad, Kweli Journal International Literary Festival, 2018. Opening Reception, 6pm-9pm, Raw Space Gallery, Harlem, NY.

July 21st » “Works in Progress. Writers on Process.” panel & reading, moderated by Cecca Ochoa, Kweli Journal International Literary Festival, 2018. 3pm-3:45pm, New York Times Conference Center, New York, NY.

November 19th » “‘Good Words’: Traumatic Source Materials and the Researcher’s Affect in Indigenous Creative Ethnography,” presentation & talk, Affect Theory & Praxis: Transdisciplinary Methodologies workshop, 2018. 9:15am, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.


February 8 – 12 » Reservoir & Anthropoid @ AWP ’17, bookfair table 254, at AWP Annual Conference ’17. Support the journey and purchase signed books and more via Indiegogo. (Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.)

February 10th, 9 AM – 10:15 AM » Writing as Refugees: Collective Trauma and Impossible Return, panel at AWP Annual Conference ’17, with Fatimah Asghar, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Safia Elhillo, and Monica Sok. This AWP panel is among indigenous, African, Latino, and Asian writers whose work draws upon their experiences of being refugees, relocated, and stateless. While writers communicate their ancestors’ grief through words, they may face repercussions for breaking the silence. Considering the current refugee crisis, Swati Khurana organized this panel to broaden the conversation by discussing when geographical return is impossible, people become undocumented, and war and genocide obliterates a notion of “home.” (Liberty Salon I, J, & K, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.)

February 10th, 7:30 PM » Off-site Reading with Iron Horse Literary Magazine, grist, and Nashville Review, at AWP Annual Conference ’17 . (Mulebone, 121 14th St NW, Washington D.C.)

February 16 » United We Read poetry & prose UWM student & faculty reading, with Caleb Nelson, Sherri Hoffman, and Lane Hall. (7PM, free, Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 E Locust St, Milwaukee, WI)

February 25 » BONK! poetry reading & music performance, with Gint Aras, and Koku Gonza. (6PM, free, “Old” Racine Arts Council, 316 6th St, Racine, WI)

May 6 » “Discarding the Cloak of Invisibility: A Candid Look at the Whitewashing in the Potterverse,” at Harry Potter And The Pop Culture Conference, with Jennifer Cross (moderator), Michi Trota, Matt Peters, Susheela Bhat, Suzanne Walker. (free to public, DePaul, Chicago, IL)

June 9- August 13 » “Water Basket” visual poetic project appearing in Heid E. Erdrich’s “(About that) Water Is Life,”at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.


September 11 » Poetry Reading at Indian Summer Festival with Franklin Cline. (3PM, Woodland Pattern Stage, 200 N Harbor Dr., Milwaukee)

November 13 » Sundress Publications’ Poets in Pajamas Reading Series #3: Kenzie Allen, hosted by Sam Slaughter, online via Periscope. (Nationally and Internationally available via Periscope app, 7PM EST)


April 1 » Generative Poetry Workshop with Apiary Lit. An online poetry workshop open to all levels, encouraging the production of new work with dedicated feedback.

October 1 » Guest-editing “Electric Resistance” for Noble / Gas Qtrly‘s Issue 202.4 (submission guidelines – deadline Nov. 15)

October 1 » Co-editing Bettering American Poetry 2015 (nomination guidelines – deadline Nov. 30)


February 21 » Mark Webster Reading Series, with Chigozie Obioma. (7:00PM, University of Michigan Helmut Stern Auditorium)

September 25 – 28 » High Plains Society for Applied Anthropologists‘ 2014 Ghost Ranch Retreat, conference theme “Engaging Local Communities and Applied Anthropology.”

October 11 » Seminar: Applying to MFA Programs, hosted by WriterHouse (9:00AM – 4:00PM; Charlottesville, Virginia): A comprehensive all-day class and workshop session for those interested in applying to graduate programs in Creative Writing. Space is limited to 12 students.

November 4 » Helen Zell Postgraduate Fellows Reading Series, Western/Americana Edition, with Nate Marshall and Joe Horton. (7:00PM, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI.)


June 16 – 21 » Aspen Writer’s Foundation’s Summer Words Writing Retreat (Aspen, CO) #aspen

June 29 – July 13 » DISQUIET: Dzanc Books International Literary Program (Lisbon, Portugal) #lisbon #lisboa

August 4 – August 30 » Vermont Studio Center Zell Residency Fellow (Johnson, VT) #vermont