Norman Evans Dubie, Jr., was born on April 10, 1945, in Barre, Vermont. His father, Norman Evans Dubie, Sr., was a clergyman, and his mother, Doris Dubie, was a registered nurse. Dubie was educated in Vermont and received his undergraduate degree at Goddard College in Plainfield, graduating in 1969. In 1968, while a student at Goddard, Dubie married Francesca Stafford, and the couple had one child, Hannah, Dubie’s only child.
Leaving Vermont after his graduation, Dubie studied creative writing in the M.F.A. program of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He received his degree in 1971 and began lecturing in the workshop afterward. From 1971 though 1972, Dubie was the poetry editor of Iowa Review; from 1973 through 1974, he edited Now. During this period, his first marriage ended in divorce.
When Dubie left the University of Iowa, he became an assistant professor of English at Ohio University in Athens. He retained this position from 1974 through 1975; during this period, Dubie published three volumes of poetry: The Prayers of the North American Martyrs, Popham of the New Song, and Other Poems, and In the Dead of the Night. Following the publication of these collections, Dubie left Ohio University and accepted a position at Arizona State University.
Dubie was writer-in-residence at Arizona State from 1975 until 1976. He was a lecturer there from 1976 until 1983 and was then promoted to the rank of full professor of English. In 1976, he became the director of Arizona State’s graduate writing program.
In 1975, Dubie was remarried, to Pamela Stewart, a poet and a teacher. Five years later, this marriage also ended in divorce. In 1981, Dubie remarried again, this time to Jeannine Savard, also a poet.
Dubie frequently contributes to many magazines, including Paris Review, The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Antaeus, Antioch Review, Field, and Poetry.