Stephen Dunn is the author of sixteen books of poems, including Different Hours, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His poetry has also been recognized by the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, three National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Dunn’s recently published poetry collections include "What Goes On: Selected & New Poems 1995-2009" (chosen as one of Notable books of the year by the American Library Association), "Here and Now" (2011), and "Lines of Defense" (2014). C.K. Williams, commenting on Dunn’s work, says “it is a poetry that probes the hidden shoals and depths of daily life, that touches into them, and with deft and warm technically brilliant voices reveals the splendors of our anguish, the wisdom of our love.”
Born in Forest Hills, Queens, he has taught at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and Princeton University.
This reading is the twenty-seventh in the annual series sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing program as a tribute to Professor Maurice F. Brown, who taught at Oakland University from 1961 until his death in 1985. The Maurice F. Brown Collection of Contemporary Poetry in Kresge Library honors his memory.
The English Dept. thanks Dr. Judith Brown for her ongoing support for this reading. Additional support this year provided by Gloria Nixon-John.
This event is open to the Oakland University community and general public. Light refreshments will be served.
Related event: A poetry discussion with Stephen Dunn will be held at 10:30 earlier in the day.