Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM, Lillie Auditorium
Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer-prize winning poet
“Stephen Dunn writes of the ‘mysterious world of women/and men, of momentary/common agreement and wild misunderstanding.’ He makes extraordinary poems of ordinary lives, his poetry conscious that it cannot save the lives about which it writes. The insignificant, in his anecdotes, becomes significant; as he sketches his ‘landscape at the end of the century,’ things which are normally concealed, even in intimacy, begin to appear and grow perceptible — the obsessions, hopes, and despairs of the secret life in everyman. In spare, plain-spoken poems he utters the silence in him which prompts his offered speech.”
– Academy Award in Literature statement
“The art lies in hiding the art, Horace tells us, and Stephen Dunn has proven himself a master of concealment. His honesty would not be so forceful were it not for his discrete formality; his poems would not be so strikingly naked were they not so carefully dressed.”
– Billy Collins
Stephen Dunn was born in Forest Hills, NY in 1939, and earned his BA in History from Hofstra University in 1962. He attended the New School 1964 to 1966 and received his Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Syracuse University in 1970. He’s the author of sixteen books, including Different Hours, which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
Since 1974 he has taught at Richard Stockton College of NJ, where he is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing. He’s also been a Visiting Professor at The University of Washington, New York University, Columbia, and The University of Michigan.
He has read his poetry at The Library of Congress, and at many universities and colleges throughout the country.
In addition to his books, his work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, the New Republic, the New Yorker, The Georgia Review, and the American Poetry Review, to name just a few.