Lawrence O Dean

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Name: Lawrence O Dean

Pen Name: Larry O. Dean

Genres: Poetry

Born: in Flint, Michigan


Email: N/A

Illinois Connection

Lawrence now lives in Chicago

Biographical and Professional Information

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 for many years was 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.

In addition, he is a singer, songwriter, and producer, working both solo as well as with several 'hard pop' bands. He has released numerous critically-acclaimed albums, including Throw the Lions to the Christians (1997; reissued 2012) and Sir Slob (2001); Hog Wash! (1989; reissued 2012), The Naked & the Daft (1993; reissued 2012), and Fresh Brood (1994; reissued 2012) with The Fussbudgets; Embarrassment of Riches (1995; reissued 2012) with Malcontent; Public Displays of Affection (1998), Fables in Slang (2001), and WNUR Demos (2012) with Post Office; Gentrification Is Theft (2002), with The Me Decade; and Fun with a Purpose (2009), with The Injured Parties. Since 2001 he has hosted a monthly songwriter showcase, Folk You! He is author of the chapbooks Rate of Exchange & Other Poems (1988); Barking Up the Wrong Tree (1989); QWERTYUIOP (1989); Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat (1990); Workers' Comp. (1995); Identity Theft for Dummies (2003); I Am Spam (2004), a series of poems 'inspired' by spam email; About the Author (2011), which“displaces the focus of auto-referentiality from the text to the author as the para-textual 'author bio' becomes the matter of the poems”; abbrev (2011), a short series of poems based on abbreviations and acronyms culled from popular culture as well as technical and business jargon; and Basic Cable Couplets (2012), a series of 'found' poems with text adapted/modified from, and/or inspired by listings for TV movies. A full-length collection, Brief Nudity is forthcoming in 2013. Selected magazine publications include The Berkeley Poetry Review, Gryphon, Passages North, Third Lung Review, The Altered Mind, Lilliput Review, Amaranth Review, Kumquat Meringue, California Quarterly, The Monona Review, Whoreson Dog, Pacific Coast Journal, Tomorrow, Poetry at the 33 Review, Work, Strong Coffee, Maelstrom, Clark Street Review, Red Rock Review, Big Bridge, Pigeon, The Banana King, Sliced Bread, Old City Cool, Keyhole, OCHO, filling Station, Alehouse, Dinosaur Bees, Logan Square Literary Review, Used Furniture Review, Blue & Yellow Dog, Heavy Feather Review, Artichoke Haircut, The Brooklyner, Packingtown Review, and The Battered Suitcase. His work has been widely anthologized, and translated into Chinese, Italian, and Spanish.

After living in San Francisco for over a decade, he makes his home in Chicago.

Published Works

  • Rate of Exchange & Other Poems, Zenith Beast Books, 1988
  • Barking Up the Wrong Tree, 1989
  • QWERTYUIOP, 1989
  • Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat, Zenith Beast Press, 1990
  • Passages North, Milkweed Editions, 1990
  • American Poetry Confronts the 1990s, Black Tie Press, 1990
  • Poetry at the 33, Tomcat Press, 1994
  • Workers' Comp, Zenith Beast Press, 1995
  • Identity Theft for Dummies, Zenith Beast Press, 2003
  • I am Spam, Fractal Edge Press, 2004
  • Writers At Work, National Writers Union, 2005
  • Best of Chicago Poetry , Lulu, 2006
  • Online! The Chicago Poetry Renaissance, Lulu, 2006
  • Brief Nudity, Salmon Poetry, 2013

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Rate of Exchange and Other Poems

Release Date: 1988

Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat

Release Date: 1990

I Am Spam

ISBN: 0972255362
Release Date: 2004-09-01

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Brief Nudity

ISBN: 1908836407
Release Date: 2013-04-28

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Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

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External Links

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