Richard James Allen (born 1960) is a contemporary Australian poet, dancer, actor and filmmaker. The former artistic director of the Poets Union Inc, and founding director of the Australian Poetry Festival, Allen was co-artistic director with Karen Pearlman of That Was Fast (New York City) and Tasdance (Launceston), and now at The Physical TV Company (Sydney).
Allen has published twelve books of poetry, fiction or performance texts, most recently More Lies (2021), The short story of you and I (2019), Fixing the Broken Nightingale (2014), The Kamikaze Mind (2006), and Performing the Unnameable: An Anthology of Australian Performance Texts (1999), co-edited with Karen Pearlman. He received the 2005 University of Technology, Sydney, Chancellor's Award for Best Doctoral Thesis. A multi-award-winning film adaptation of his Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry-nominated book, Thursday's Fictions (1999), was first broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 2007. This surreal dance fantasy also has a Second Life presence, Thursday's Fictions in Second Life.
He is the grandson of World War II Major General Arthur Samuel "Tubby" Allen and the brother of art critic Christopher Allen.
- Allen, Richard James (c. 2023). Text Messages from the Universe. ASM: Macau & Cerberus Press: Markwell, N.S.W., Australia: Flying Island Books. ISBN 978-0-6455503-1-3.
- — (c. 2021). More Lies. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: Interactive Press. ISBN 978-19223-32-64-6.
- — (c. 2019). The short story of you and I. Perth, Western Australia, Australia: UWA Publishing. ISBN 978-17608-00-21-5.
- — (c. 2014). Fixing the broken nightingale. ASM: Macau & Cerberus Press: Markwell, N.S.W., Australia: Flying Island Books. ISBN 978-99965-42-58-9.
- — (c. 2006). The kamikaze mind. Blackheath, N.S.W., Australia: Brandl & Schlesinger. ISBN 1-876040-71-8.
- — (c. 1999). Thursday's fictions. Wollongong, N.S.W., Australia: Five Islands Press. ISBN 0-86418-596-0.
- with Karen Pearlman (c. 1999). Performing the Unnameable: An Anthology of Australian Performance Texts. Sydney, N.S.W., Australia: Currency Press in association with RealTime. ISBN 0-86819-420-4.
- with Karen Pearlman (c. 1996). New Life on the 2nd Floor. Launceston, TAS, Australia: Tasdance. ISBN 0-9586795-0-9.
- — (c. 1995). The air dolphin brigade. Brooklyn, N.S.W., Australia, and Launceston, TAS, Australia: Paper Bark Press in association with Tasdance. ISBN 0-646-26678-0.
- — (c. 1995). What to name your baby. Brooklyn, N.S.W., Australia, and Launceston, TAS, Australia: Paper Bark Press in association with Tasdance. ISBN 0-646-23747-0.
- — (c. 1993). Hope for a man named Jimmie ; &, Grand illusion Joe. Wollongong, N.S.W., Australia: Five Islands Press Associates. ISBN 1-875604-07-3.
- — (c. 1989). To the ocean ; &, Scheherazade. Sydney, N.S.W., Australia: Hale & Iremonger. ISBN 0-86806-396-7.
- — (c. 1986). The way out at last & other poems. Sydney, N.S.W., Australia: Hale & Iremonger. ISBN 0-86806-248-0.
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- The Physical TV Company
- The Physical TV Channel on YouTube
- #RichardReads - an online compendium of Global Poetry, Read Aloud
- Performing The Unnameable: An Anthology of Australian Performance Texts
- Out Of The Labyrinth Of The Mind: Manifesting A Spiritual Art Beyond Dualism (Abstract for Doctorate of Creative Arts)
- TASA Media Voices Series, interview on creativity across various artforms (7 October, 2021)
- Tony Messenger, Verity La, interview on poetry, spirituality and the arts (24 February, 2020)
- Paul Brookes, The Wombwell Rainbow, interview on writing history and practice (7 August, 2019)
- Magdalena Ball, Compulsive Reader, interview on poetry and creativity (24 June, 2019)
- Samuel Elliott, Backstory Journal, interview on poetic form (16 June, 2019)
- Eddy Diamond, FBi Radio, interview on poetry (2 February, 2019)
- Interactive Media Innovation (imi) industry leader interview (April, 2012)
- Andrew Mikkelsen interview on yoga, creativity, philosophy and personal history (21 February, 2012)
- Josef Brown interview on dance film and creativity (30 May, 2011)
- Orion Mitchell interview on dance film and the internet, as part of Dancing Through YouTube (April 26, 2011)
- SPIKE Magazine interview on dance for film and virtual worlds (6 April 2011)
- Transmedia Victoria – Meet transmedia artist: Richard James Allen (20 December, 2010)
- RealTime interview on mixed reality dance film (Issue #99, October–November 2010)
- ABC Radio National interview on writing for Second Life (The Book Show, 10 October 2007)
- RealTime interview on dance film (Issue #80, August–September 2007)
- RealTime interview on dance and poetry (Issue #10, December–January 1995)
- Richard James Allen at Red Room Poetry
- Richard James Allen at the Australian Poetry Library
- Richard James Allen at Australia Dancing, National Library of Australia
- Richard James Allen at IMDb
- Richard James Allen at the National Film and Sound Archive
- Richard James Allen at the Manuscripts Collection, the State Library of New South Wales
- Richard James Allen at AustLit
- The Physical TV Company Website selected for preservation by Pandora, Australia's Web Archive, at the National Library of Australia