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About Dirk Q. Allen

“I love to write,’” said award-winning writer Dirk Q. Allen when asked about his new book, “Notes for a Book.”

“In the back of our minds, those of us who love to write always think about the Great American Novel,’’ added Allen, a graduate of Brown University in Providence, R.I., who spent more than two decades in the newspaper business. “I don’t have the Great American Novel. What I have are ideas, thoughts, nuggets … notes … notes that I have pulled together for this particular project.”

“Writing gets in your blood,” said Allen, who has been writing ever since he can remember. “It’s very rewarding to put pen to paper or keyboard to computer screen, and create. We feel like we’re accomplishing something.”

Dirk Q. Allen grew up in Rocky River and Lakewood, Ohio, on the west side of Cleveland, before moving to suburban Cincinnati midway through his elementary school years. He is a graduate of Princeton High School in Cincinnati. He served as sports editor and editor-in-chief of Odin’s Word, the school newspaper at Princeton; then was the sports editor of the Brown Daily Herald in college.

As a professional, Allen was the editor of the weekly Fairfield (Ohio) Sun, then a sports writer, sports editor, opinion page editor and managing editor of the JournalNews, the daily newspaper in Hamilton, Ohio, from 1979-2001. He has since been the director of admissions and media relations at Stephen T. Badin High School, the co-ed Catholic high school in Hamilton. During that time, he has taught Journalism at BHS and served as an adjunct professor for four years (2002-2005) at Miami (Ohio) University.

This is Allen’s second book. His first, “Good Tears”, was published in 2000 and chronicles the 10-year march of the Badin High School girls’ basketball program to the 1998 Ohio Division II state championship.

“That was a tremendous project – one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my life,” Allen said. “It was a two-year labor of love. One of my best friends was the head coach of that team, I kept the official scorebook, and the way the girls overcame various setbacks over the years to finally bring home the title was just a wonderful tribute to their dedicated efforts.”

Allen points out that this project, “Notes for a Book”, “brings together a number of compelling pieces that I have written over the years. It’s kind of a literary capstone with a lot of items I think readers will find hard to put down.”

Allen, who lives in Oxford, Ohio, has also been published in Cincinnati Magazine, the Dayton Daily News Sunday Magazine, and the Columbus Dispatch Sunday Magazine.

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