Allen Wier (born September 9, 1946; pronounced "wire"), is an American writer and a professor. He taught at the University of Tennessee from 2000 until 2003, and the University of Alabama from 1980 to 1994.
Wier was born on September 9, 1946 in San Antonio, Texas and spent parts of his childhood in Louisiana and Mexico. He attended Baylor University and received his BA degree; Louisiana State University and received his MA degree; and Bowling Green University received his MFA degree.[when?]
He taught at the University of Tennessee from 2000 until 2003, and the University of Alabama from 1980 to 1994. Additionally teaching at Longwood College, Carnegie-Mellon University, Hollins College, University of Texas, Florida International University, and Murray State University.
In 2003, Wier was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers, along with Barry Hannah and Yusef Komunyakaa. He is widely published in anthologies and periodicals, including The New York Times, Ploughshares, and The Southern Review. Wier was previously married to the poet Dara Wier.
Awards and honors
- 2008, awarded the 27th John Dos Passos Prize for Literature
- 2005, special mention for his short story "The Taste of Dirt" in the Pushcart Prize volume 2005
- 2003, inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers
- 1997, Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction, Fellowship of Southern Writers
- 1990, Dobie-Paisano Fellowship, University of Texas and Texas Institute of Letters
- 1978, fiction fellowship, Breadloaf Conference
- 1978, short fiction award, Texas Institute of Letters Award
- 1979, fiction award, Guggenheim Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
- 1974–1975, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
- Wier, Allen (1978). Blanco. Louisiana State University (LSU) Press. ISBN 9780807104736.
- Wier, Allen (1978). Things About to Disappear: Stories. Louisiana State University (LSU) Press. ISBN 9780807104712.
- Wier, Allen (1983). Departing as Air: A Novel. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9780671433079.
- Wier, Allen (1989). A Place for Outlaws. Harper & Row. ISBN 9780060161132.
- Wier, Allen (2006). Tehano: A Novel. Southern Methodist University Press. ISBN 9780870745065.
- Wier, Allen, ed. (1996). Walking on Water and Other Stories. University of Alabama Press. ISBN 9780817307851.
- Wier, Allen; Hendrie, Don, eds. (1985). Voicelust: Eight Contemporary Fiction Writers on Style. Alabama Symposium on English and American Literature. 10, 1983, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 9780803223332.
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