Artist Statement
My work unpacks tensions between the historical and the autobiographical, and participates in the confluence of the two. With a focus on intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, I experiment with components of identity formation to realize how people and places become who and what we are.

Justin Allen is a writer and performer from Northern Virginia. He has written for Mosaic Literary MagazineLambda Literary, ARTS.BLACK, and the Leslie-Lohman Museum's journal The Archive, among others. 

He has read at the Whitney, The Poetry Project, and Artists Space, and recently completed a residency at the Center for Afrofuturist Studies in Iowa City, IA. In 2016 he presented at the International James Baldwin Conference at the American University of Paris.

He lives in New York City.