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Allan Wolf

Performance poet and author Allan Wolf’s new young adult novel “Who Killed Christopher Goodman?” received a Starred Review in the January, 2017, School Library Journal. “…this fast-paced novel will appeal to reluctant readers as well as fans of mystery and suspense.–Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library” Check out Allan's RESOURCES section of this page for more information.

Allan Wolf is an author, poet, performer and educator who lives in Asheville, North Carolina
. An active organizer in the early days of the poetry slam competitions, Wolf’s mission has always been to take poetry to the people. His hometown made history in 1995 as the smallest city to ever win the coveted National Poetry Slam Championship title. Wolf was the director of the Asheville Poetry Festival, creator of the Southern Fried Poetry Slam, and he is generally considered one of the founding fathers of the National Slam Movement, particularly helping poetry slams take root in the South.


Wolf now writes and presents full time. His poetry has appeared in many diverse publications from Lady Bug Magazine to the North Carolina Literary Review. Wolf’s many books showcase his love of history, research, and poetry. Titles include Zane’s Trace (North Carolina Young Adult Book Award) and New Found Land (winner of a Lion and the Unicorn Honor for Excellence in North American Poetry and the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults), More Than Friends: Poems from Him and Her, and Immersed in Verse (School Library Journal Best Book of the Year). His verse novel, The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic, was awarded the prestigious Claudia Lewis Poetry Award for the best poetry book of the year by Bank Street College.

With literally hundreds of poems committed to memory, Wolf travels the country presenting author visits, poetry shows, and inspirational talks for all ages.

“Allan Wolf was the highlight of our Content Literacy and Learning Institute! His Keynote brought the crowd to its feet, and teachers begged for more sessions of his great writing ideas.” Janet Allen, Author and writing consultant, Orlando, FL