Dunn, Stephen Elliott

Dunn, Stephen Elliott, 1939-2021, American poet, b. Forest Hills, Queens, N.Y., Hofstra Univ. (B.A., 1962), Syracuse Univ. (M.F.A., 1970). Dunn played basketball in college, and briefly played professionally after graduating, and then pursued a career in advertising before returning to study creative writing at Syracuse Univ. He taught at Richard Stockton College of N.J. (now Stockton Univ.) from 1974-2002. His first poetry collection was published in 1974, and his Different Hours (2001) won a Pulitzer Prize and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among his other awards were three N.E.A. Creative Writing Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundations Fellowship.

See his New and Selected Poems, 1974-94 (1994); Walking Light: Memoirs and Essays on Poetry (2001), What Goes On: Selected and New Poems: 1995-2009 (2009); study by L. McCullough (ed.), The Room and the World: Essays on the Poet Stephen Dunn (2013).

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