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Donald Merriam Allen (b. Iowa, 1912 — d. San Francisco, August 29, 2004), influential editor, publisher, and translator of contemporary American literature. He is perhaps best known for his project The New American Poetry 1945-1960 (1960), among the several important anthologies of contemporary American innovative writing he made available to the public.

Allen's impact as an editor, publisher, and friend to poets continued to be felt well into the 21st century. Along with editing work by Lew Welch, Allen edited Frank O'Hara, including the seminal Collected Poems (1971; 1991) and a Selected Poems(1974). He served as the CEO of Grey Fox Press, publishing important work by Jack Spicer along with such volumes as Enough Said (1980) by Philip Whalen and I Remain (1980), a collection of Welch's letters.

While working with the Four Seasons Foundation, he assisted in the publication of (among others): Interviews (1980) by Edward Dorn, A Quick Graph: Collected Notes and Essays (1970) by Robert Creeley, and The Graces (1983) by Aaron Shurin. In 1997, he helped edit (along with Benjamin Friedlander) the Collected Prose of Charles Olson (University of California Press). Allen began his career, in part, as a translator. He most recently translated the volume: Four Plays of Eugène Ionesco.

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