Ian MacAllen

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Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American. He is a writer, editor, and graphic designer living in Brooklyn.


For all inqueries, contact ianmac47 @ gmail.com.

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Curriculum Vitae | Porfolio by request



The Lives of Paul

The Offing, 2.3.2020


45th Parallel Magazine, 3.2019

The Second Russian

Little Fiction, 9.5.2018

Three Women

Vol 1 Brooklyn, 3.26.2018

The Truth About Dolphins

Queen Mob's Tea House, 12.13.2016


Joyland Magazine, 10.10.2016

Fetish Classified Ads of Inanimate Objects

Electric Cereal, 3.20.2014

Book Reviews

Ghost Lover by Lisa Taddeo, Chicago Review of Books, 6.20.22

Avalon by Nell Zink, Chicago Review of Books, 5.26.22

Nobody Gets Out Alive by Leigh Newman, Chicago Review of Books, 4.16.22

Jerks by Sara Lippmann, Chicago Review of Books, 3.24.22

Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century by Kim Fu, Chicago Review of Books, 2.3.22

Bright Burning Things by Lisa Harding, Chicago Review of Books, 12.8.21

Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography by Laurie Woolever, Chicago Review of Books, 9.27.21

Prepare Her by Genevieve Plunkett, Chicago Review of Books, 7.19.21

Bring Your Baggage and Don't Pack Light by Helen Ellis, Southern Review of Books, 7.13.21

Objects of Desire by Clare Sestanovich, Chicago Review of Books, 6.29.201

Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace, Chicago Review of Books, 5.4.2021

Terminal Boredom by Izumi Suzuki, Chicago Review of Books, 4.21.2021

Sarahland by Sam Cohen, Chicago Review of Books, 3.17.2021

The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey, Chicago Review of Books, 2.17.2021

Kink, Edited R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell, Chicago Review of Books, 2.10.2021

The Effort by Claire Holroyde, Chicago Review of Books, 1.15.2021

The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans, Chicago Review of Books, 11.16.2020

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam, Chicago Review of Books, 10.15.2020

The Sprawl by Jason Diamond, Chicago Reiew of Books, 8.26.2020

Kings County by David Goodwillie, Chicago Review of Books, 7.29.2020

Collective Gravities by Chloe N. Clark, Trampset, 6.8.2020

All Adults Here by Emma Straub, Chicago Review of Books, 5.6.2020

You Will Never Be Forgotten by Mary South, Chicago Review of Books, 3.18.2020

Costalegre by Courtney Maum, The Rumpus, 3.4.2020

Not Everyone is Special by Josh Denslow, Fiction Advocate, 5.16.2019

Lost Children Archive by Valerie Luiselli, Chicago Review of Books, 4.16.2019

Paradise Rot by Jenny Hval, Chicago Review of Books, 11.14.2018

Little Disasters by Randall Klein, Chicago Review of Books, 6.20.2018

A Good Day for Seppuku by Kate Braverman, The Rumpus, 3.21.2018

Star Witness by Joe Meno, Fiction Advocate, 10.4.2017

Touch by Courtney Maum, The Rumpus, 6.15.2017

Culdesac by Robert Repino, The Rumpus, 2.14.2017

Nicotine by Nell Zink, The Rumpus, 10.24.2016

Loner by Teddy Wayne, The Rumpus, 9.13.2016

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub, The Rumpus, 5.26.2016

American Housewife by Helen Ellis, The Rumpus, 3.8.2016


San Gennaro: A Gastronomic Celebration of Immigrant Foods, Whetstone Journal, 3.14.2022

We've been quarantining with our son for over 3 weeks, Parenting Insider, 1.8.21

Don’t Wait to Make Improvements for Pedestrians, Provincetown Independent, 9.29.21

Long Days Journey into Rent Stabilization, The Billfold 3.13.2014

How To Drive A Friend To Detox, Thought Catalog, 02.08.2013

Semi-creepy, Yiddish-speaking puppets took Manhattan a half-century before The Muppets, io9.com, 11.1.2012

Bic Grip 4×4 Permanent Marker, The Impulsive Bu, 11.4.2004.


This Week In Indie Bookstores
August 2015 - January 2022

Notable Online
March 2020 - January 2022

Notable NYC
October 2013 - March 2020


An Interiew with Rachel Rear, author of Catch The Sparrow, Brooklyn Rail, 2.14.22

An Interview with Nicholas Mancusi, The Rumpus, 1.3.2020

An Interview with Lilly Dancyger, Vol 1 Brooklyn, 11.13.2019

An Interview with Chelsea Hodson, The Negatives, 5.29.2018

An Interview with Patrick Carr and Clayton Lamar of @DogsDoingThings, English Kills Review, 5.2.2018

Can a Book About Incest Be Greater Than Its Shock Value?, Electric Literature, 12.6.2017

An interview with Dolan Morgan, The Rumpus, 5.5.2017