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Stuart Dybek

Stuart Dybek

Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library

February 12, 2015, 5:00 PM

Stuart Dybek is the author of five books of fiction—most recently: Ecstatic Cahoots and Paper Lantern, both published in 2014 by FSG—and Childhood and Other Neighborhoods, The Coast of Chicago, and I Sailed with Magellan. He has also published two volumes of poetry, Brass Knuckles and Streets In Their Own Ink.  His work is widely anthologized and has appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic, Tin House, Granta, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Paris Review, and many other publications.  His fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have been translated into French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Polish, Czech, Dutch, Italian, and Arabic. He is the recipient of many literary awards, these include the PEN/Bernard Malamud Prize for “distinguished achievement in the short story”, a Lannan Award, the Academy Institute Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writer’s Award, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and four O’Henry Prizes. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry and in Best American Fiction. He is the recipient of the 2014 Harold Washington Literary Award. In 2007, he was awarded both a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant and the Rea Award for the Short Story. He currently teaches at Northwestern University where he is Distinguished Writer in Residence. Dybek is professor emeritus at Western Michigan University and a permanent faculty member of The Prague Summer Writing Program.  He has been a visiting professor at Princeton, the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, the University of California at Irvine, the University of Chicago, and the Warren Wilson MFA Program.