Mary Allen is the author of a literary memoir, The Rooms of Heaven, published by Alfred A. Knopf and Vintage Books. She received an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship for work on a second memoir, Awake in the Dream House.
She makes her living as a full-time writing coach, helping writers all around the country achieve their writing dreams. She lives in Iowa City.