Carbado, Devon W., Dwight A. McBride, and Donald Weise, eds. Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual African American Fiction. San Francisco: Cleis Press, 2002. A chapter is devoted to Dodson. Places him in the context of gay and African American fiction.
Dodson, Owen. Interview. In Interviews with Black Writers, edited by John O’Brien. New York: Liveright, 1973. Presents a seven-page interview with Dodson.
Hardy, Sallee W., ed. Remembering Owen Dodson. New York: Hatch-Billops Collection, 1984. A useful though somewhat dated resource. Updated by Hatch biography.
Hatch, James V. “Owen Dodson.” In Afro-American Writers, 1940-1955, edited by Trudier Harris. Vol. 76 in Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale Research, 1988. A good introductory overview of Dodson’s life and career.
Hatch, James V. Sorrow Is the Only Faithful One: The Life of Owen Dodson. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994. An excellent critical biography of Owen Dodson, which is thorough and insightful.
Hatch, James V., and Omanii Abdullah. Black Playwrights, 1823-1977: An Annotated Bibliography of Plays. New York: Bowker, 1977. Includes bibliographical information on Dodson.
Peterson, Bernard L., Jr. Contemporary Black American Playwrights and Their Plays: A Biographical Directory and Dramatic Index. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988. Contains production information for Dodson’s plays written, produced, or published after 1950.
Peterson, Bernard L., Jr. “The Legendary Owen Dodson of Howard University: His Contributions to the American Theatre.” The Crisis 86 (1979): 373-378. Contains biographical and critical commentary. Speculates that Dodson’s greatest literary legacy will be his drama rather than his poems
Peterson, Bernard L., Jr. “Owen Dodson.” Early Black American Playwrights and Dramatic Writers: A Biographical Directory and Catalog of Plays, Films, and Broadcasting Scripts. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1990. Contains a brief biographical entry. Categorizes and provides production information for Dodson’s plays written, produced or published before 1950.