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General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Poetry

Born: 1942 in Chicago, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Dybek was born and raised in Chicago's Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods in the 1950s and early 1960s. Currently, he is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stuart Dybek is the author of four other books of fiction, including Paper Lantern, published simultaneously with Ecstatic Cahoots, as well as two collections of poetry. His fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic, Poetry, Tin House, and many other magazines, and have been widely anthologized, including work in both Best American Fiction and Best American Poetry.The recipient of many prizes and awards―including the PEN/Malamud Award, an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Whiting Writers' Award, and four O. Henry Awards.

After teaching for more than 30 years at Western Michigan University, where he remains an Adjunct Professor of English and a member of the permanent faculty of the Prague Summer Program, Dybek became the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He divides his time between Evanston, Illinois, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and the Florida Keys.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """I Sailed With Magellan"""

-- *New York Times Notable Books

-- *Society of Midland Authors award for adult fiction


-- """The Coast of Chicago"""

-- *New York Times Notable Books

-- *One Book One Chicago selection


-- """Childhood and Other Neighborhoods"""

-- *Society of Midland Authors award for adult fiction


-- """Paper Stories"""

-- *Starred Review


-- """Other Awards and Honors"""

-- *PEN/Malamud Prize for distinguished achievement in the short story

-- *Lannan Award

-- *Whiting Writers Award

-- *Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters

-- *several O.Henry Prizes

-- *Fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award

-- *Fuller Award for Lifetime Achievement, Chicago Literary Hall of Fame