Stephen Dunn

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Stephen Dunn

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Hofstra Alumni and 2001 Pulitzer Prize Winner. According to the Poetry Foundation: "Poet Stephen Dunn was born in 1939 in New York City. The first of his family to go to college, Dunn attended Hofstra University on a basketball scholarship and later worked in advertising. In an interview with Poets and Writers, Dunn discussed the leap from being an ad-man to poet: “My first job out of college was writing in-house brochures for Nabisco in New York, and I kept getting promoted. I was in danger, literally, of becoming like the men who were around me. So I quit and went to Spain to write a novel, and wrote a bad one. But I was trying to write poetry too, and those efforts seemed more promising. The rest, as they say, is history, or my history.” Dunn attended the New School and earned an MA in creative writing from Syracuse University, where he studied with Philip Booth, Donald Justice, and W. D. Snodgrass. He is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, including the National Poetry Series Prize winning Local Time (1986), Landscape at the End of the Century (1991), Loosestrife (1996), Different Hours (2000), which won the Pulitzer Prize, What Goes On: New and Selected Poems 1995-2009 (2009), and Here and Now (2011). His works of prose include Riffs and Reciprocities: Prose Pairs (1998), and Walking Light: Essays and Memoirs (reissued 2001)"

It has been said about Dunn's work that his "interest in the mundane, the typical, and the minutia of a certain stratum of American life shapes his entire body of work. Acclaimed for his accessible style, Dunn has been described by fellow poet David Wojahn as “one of our most prolific and consistent poets… level-headed, witty, conversational in his diction, and willing to see in domestic life his means of attaining and imparting wisdom.” Though generally content to evoke the happy ambivalences of middle-class America, volumes such as Loosestrife are marked with darker themes, such as divorce and home invasion"

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“Stephen Dunn,” Touching Across Letters, accessed August 19, 2017, http://blkonblk.omeka.net/items/show/3.

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