Justin Allen is a New York City-based writer and performer from Northern Virginia. His work examines components of identity formation—such as geography, language, and mass media—to connect current aesthetics and ideologies to the histories that produced them. He has read at the Poetry Project, Kampnagel, and Serpentine Sackler Gallery, and performed at Artists Space, Knockdown Center, and the BOFFO Fire Island Performance Festival.
BA in Literary Studies, The New School, New York, NY
Select Published Writing
“a black boy skirts the mosh pit, excerpts,” Lateral Addition, Spring 2018. bit.ly/2O2xPxI
Deadlines and Divine Distractions, Number Five. February 2018. divinedeadlines.com
“NUNATS NEN-TUK NUTAKS DIPA (THE WRONG VOICE IS COMING OUT OF YOU): nak kēn ! skans” in collaboration with Devin Kenny, unbag, Issue 2: End. January 2018. bit.ly/2DvEwrx
“Jonathan Lyndon Chase,” The Archive: The Journal of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, No. 61, Tom Saettel, ed.
“In Time: On the Work of Yulan Grant, niv Acosta, and Jacolby Satterwhite,” The Archive: The Journal of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, , No. 59, Tom Saettel, ed.
“Lace Parts,” ARTS.BLACK. November 4, 2015. arts.black/lace-parts
“DC, Almost,” THE TENTH ZINE ISSUE no. 2, Khary Septh, ed. (Brooklyn, NY: Pink Rooster Studio, 2015)
Here & Not Yet: Time-Based Art Showcase, LGBT Center, New York, NY. November 16, 2018.
2018 Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair, Barnard Hall, New York, NY. July 1, 2018.
(remote) IN SOME FAR OF PLACE, MANY LIGHT YEARS IN SPACE, I'LL WAIT FOR YOU, CUBITT, London, UK. May 5, 2018.
Typhoon coming on: An evening with Sondra Perry, Justin Allen, Sable Elyse Smith and Diamond Stingily, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, UK. April 6, 2018.
Queer B-Cademy, Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany. February 21-23, 2018.
unbag Issue 2: End Launch Party, Printed Matter, Inc., New York, NY. January 11, 2018.
Readings organized by Pati Hertling, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY. September 14, 2017.
Parameters of Nonhuman Charisma night of reading and performances, Wendy's Subway, Brooklyn, NY. October 7, 2017.
The Center for Afrofuturist Studies Presents: Justin Allen, Public Space One, Iowa City, IA. August 18, 2017.
A. K. Burns’s Listening Party: Poetry and Record Release for Leave No Trace, New Museum, New York, NY. April 20, 2017.
Justin Allen, Rin Johnson, Diamond Stingily, Deborah Willis, Artists Space, New York, NY. February 21, 2017.
Justin Allen & Diamond Stingily, The Poetry Project, New York, NY. January 27, 2017.
Whitney Independent Study Studio Program poetry reading, organized by Andy Robert, New York, NY. June 24, 2015.
Door Girls by Max Steele: Zine Launch and Reading, Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, New York, NY. May 3, 2015.
“Explain Totality (version 3),” Camilo Godoy: Out of Control Performance Series, Recess, Brooklyn, NY. November 30, 2018.
“Explain Totality (version 3),” Movement Research at the Judson Church, Judson Memorial Church, New York, NY. October 22, 2018.
“Explain Totality (version 2),” Queer Trash: the Symposium, ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn, NY. September 22, 2018.
“Beach Letter,” ADULT CONTEMPORARY at BOFFO Fire Island Performance Festival, Fire Island Pines, NY. August 12, 2018.
"Explain Totality (version 2)," Queer Abstract, Brooklyn, NY. September 15, 2017.
“Explain Totality (version 1),” PAPI JUICE Vol.37: Papi & Chill, Brooklyn, NY. August 10, 2017.
“Explain Totality (version 1),” One Last Ship pop-up exhibition, Brooklyn, NY. June 17, 2017.
Performances as Cast Member or Guest
“What Are Our Questions?” with Bleue Liverpool and Troizel Carr, Artists Space, New York, NY. March 22, 2018.
Sunday Service: Jonathan Gonzalez presents, Knockdown Center, Queens, NY. October 1, 2017.
Destiny Be’s “How I Learned to Smile, Only Halfway, with My Cheeks Still Low,” AC Institute, New York, NY. July 14, 2017.
niv Acosta’s “DISCOTROPIC,” Tanz Im August, Sophiensaele, Berlin, Germany. August 25 - 27, 2016.
niv Acosta’s “DISCOTROPIC,” PS122’s COIL 2016 Festival, Wesbeth, New York, NY. January 6 - 10, 2016.
niv Acosta’s “DISCOTROPIC,” Bring Your Own Body, The Cooper Union, New York, NY. October 22, 2015.
A.K. Burns’s “Poetry Parade for Site and Sight,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. September 26, 2015.
niv Acosta’s “DISCOTROPIC,” PhiladelphiaDance Projects at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA. July 18, 2015.
24-person reading of Lorraine O’Grady’s essay “Olympia's Maid: Reclaiming Black Female Subjectivity,” FUTURE FEMINISM, The Hole NYC, New York, NY. September 21, 2014.
Here & Not Yet: The 2017-2018 Queer|Art|Mentorship Annual, The Center, New York, NY
Center for Afrofuturist Studies, Iowa City, Iowa
Awards and Fellowships
2017-2018 Queer|Art Fellow, New York, NY
Second Place, The Vera List New School Art Collection Writing Awards, New York, NY
National Silver Medal, Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards of 2010, New York, NY
Queer Trash: the Symposium (Panelist), ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn, NY. September 22, 2018.
2016 International James Baldwin Conference (Panelist), American University of Paris, Paris, France. May 27, 2016.
Social Medium: Art-Making with Social Media, a Conversation with Yulan Grant and Camilo Godoy (Organizer and Moderator), CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY. September 29, 2015.
Jack Fossett, "Queer | Art Announces 11 LGBTQ Fellows For Annual Mentorship Program" Out. October 9, 2017. http://bit.ly/2zdC0Ae
Steph Rodney, “A Supper Club Invites Artists of Color to Discuss Sanctuary and Safety” Hyperallergic. August 24, 2016. bit.ly/2bnDE7x
Antwaun Sargent, “Can a New Website Save Black Arts Criticism?” The Creators Project. January 13, 2016. bit.ly/2c6hEhp
Assistant to Access and Community Programs, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Freelance Technical Director, BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Bronx, NY
Programs Assistant, CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY
Dedalus Fellow, Creative Time, New York, NY
Public Programs and Community Engagement Intern, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
BD GRMMR (ARTIST COLLECTIVE)
Published Work + Zines
“The Firstborn of the Black Atlantis,” Bureau of General Services – Queer Divisions’ Future Perfect, Andrew Durbin, ed. (Publication Studio, 2014): 65-70.
BD GRMMR – EXECUTION. January 2014. 1-32. bit.ly/1OSfu0U
BD GRMMR – Baby Hair: A Visual History. July 2012. 1-20.
KNOW WHO YOU ARE AT EVERY AGE, Bronx River Art Center at BronxArtSpace, Bronx, NY (Assistant Curators)
AFROPUNK FEST 2013 Zine Tent, Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn, NY (Curators)
THE WHOLE HOUSE EATS, Culturefix Bar and Gallery, New York, NY (Zine-makers)
“CLOUD,” UR HEAD IS MINE, The AC Institute, New York, NY. August 14, 2014.
Studio Squared: Zine Workshop (Panelist), The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY. February 5, 2015.
Cassandra Alcide, “Zine Culture: Better Than Blogs?” Swagger: New York. August 24, 2015. bit.ly/1MZDnl9
“Bad Grammar,” Queer Zines 2, AA Bronson, Philip Aarons, Ray Cha, eds. (New York, NY: Printed Matter, Inc., 2014): 24-25.