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Stephen Dobyns
gave a reading for TPS
on Thursday, April 13, 2000.

Stephen Dobyns has published ten books of poems, twenty novels, a book of essays on poetry (Best Words, Best Order, St. Martins Press, 1996) and a book of short stories (Eating Naked, Holt/Metropolitan, 2000).  His most recent book of poems is Pallbearers Envying the One Who Rides (Penguin, 1999).  His most recent novels are Boy in the Water (Holt/Metropolitan, 1999) and The Church of Dead Girls (Holt/Metropolitan, 1997).  Ten of his novels form a series of mysteries set in Saratoga Springs, NY.  His first book of poems, Concurring Beasts, was the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1972 of the Academy of American Poets.  His fourth book, Black Dog, Red Dog, was a winner in the National Poetry Series.  His sixth book, Cemetery Nights, received the Poetry Society of Americaís Melville Cane Award in 1987.  He has received a Guggenheim and three fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts.  He has received numerous awards for individual poems including Pushcart prizes, having poems selected by Best American Poems and prizes from Poetry magazine and the American Poetry Review.  Two of his non-mystery novels, Cold Dog Soup and The Two Deaths of Senora Puccini have been made into films.  His novels have been translated into more than fifteen languages.  Two of his short stories have been selected for Best American Short Stories.  Dobyns has taught at more than ten colleges and universities including the University of New Hampshire, Boston University, the University of Iowa and in the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College.  He was a general assignment reporter for the Detroit News and is presently a guest writer for the San Diego Reader.  Dobyns lives with his family near Boston.

Below are several poems chosen for display by the poet:

And two poems selected by TPS: