Henry Allen, culture critic for the Washington Post, is twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and winner of the American Society of Newspaper Editors prize for distinguished commentary. He has been Graham Hovey Lecturer at the University of Michigan and taught an honors course in culture and meaning at the University of Maryland.
Born in Summit, New Jersey in 1941, he is a Marine veteran of Vietnam, and a graduate of Hamilton College, where he won the American Academy of Poets prize. He covered the White House and Capitol Hill for the New York News, and joined the Washington Post's Style section in 1970. He was a National Endowment fellow at the University of Michigan in 1975-76.
He is author of a novel, Fool's Mercy, a collection of essays, Going Too Far Enough, a poetry chapbook, The Museum of Lost Air, and a hardcover version of his Washington Post series on living in the American century, That It Felt Like, forthcoming from Pantheon Books in September.
He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife, Deborah, a caterer. He has three children.