LARRY O. DEAN
Larry O. Dean was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. As a young man, he worked with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, published essays and reviews on popular culture in the alternative press, and also cartooned for fanzines and other underground outlets. He attended the University of Michigan, where he won three Hopwood Awards in Creative Writing, an honor shared with fellow poets John Ciardi, Robert Hayden, Jane Kenyon, and Frank O'Hara, among others; and Murray State University's low-residency MFA program. He teaches literature and composition as an adjunct English instructor, and works as a Poet-in-Residence in the Chicago Public Schools through the Poetry Center of Chicago's Hands on Stanzas program. He was a recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Award for teaching excellence in 2004.
His most recent full-length book is Brief Nudity (2013). He is also author of several chapbooks, including I Am Spam (2004), poems 'inspired' by spam email, and abbrev (2011), a short series of poems based on abbreviations and acronyms culled from popular culture as well as technical and business jargon. In addition, he is a singer, songwriter, and producer, working both solo as well as with several 'hard pop' bands. Since 2001 he has organized and hosted a monthly songwriter showcase called Folk You!