Stephen Dobyns was born in Orange, New Jersey. He graduated from Wayne State University and has an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. Dobyns has published twelve books of poetry, twenty novels, a book of essays on poetry and a book of short stories (Eating Naked, 2000). His most recent book of poems is Mystery, So Long. Other books of poetry include Pallbearers Envying the One Who Rides (Penguin, 1999); Common Carnage (1996); Velocities: New and Selected Poems, 1966-1992 (1994); Cemetery Nights (1987), which won a Melville Cane Award and Black Dog, Red Dog (1984), which was a winner in the National Poetry Series. His most recent novels are Boy in the Water (Holt/Metropolitan, 1999), The Church of Dead Girls (1997) and Saratoga Fleshpot (1995). Dobyns has written many detective stories about a private detective named Charlie Bradshaw who works out of Saratoga Springs in upstate New York. His novel Cold Dog Soup (1985) has been made into two films, the American Cold Dog Soup and the French Doggy Bag. Two Deaths of Señora Puccini (1988) has been made into the film Two Deaths and the movie Wild Turkey is based on one of his short stories. Among his many honors and awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities, including the University of New Hampshire, Boston University, Syracuse University, the University of Iowa and Sarah Lawrence College. Since 1995, he has written 30 cover articles for the San Diego Reader. He lives in Westerly, RI.
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