Stephen Dunn Analysis

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(Poets and Poetry in America)

Stephen Dunn has written nonfiction including an autobiographical memoir, Walking Light: Essays and Memoirs (1993, 2001) and introductions to the works of other poets. He has also edited two collections of poetry by children.


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Stephen Dunn has received numerous honors for his poetry. In 2001, he won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Different Hours. Dunn received the Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest (1977), the Levinson Prize (1987) from Poetry magazine, the James Wright Prize from Mid-America Review (1993), an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1995), and the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize (2001) from Poetry magazine. In 1985, Local Time was chosen for the National Poetry Series by Dave Smith, and in 1996, Loosestrife was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. In addition to his readings at many colleges and universities, Dunn has read his poetry at the Library of Congress.


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Campion, Peter. Review of The Insistence of Beauty. Poetry 185, no. 2 (November, 2004): 133-135. An in-depth review offering insight into Dunn’s overall accomplishments.

Christophersen, Bill. “Down from the Tower: Poetry as Confabulation.” Poetry 179, no. 4 (January, 2002): 217-225. A critical response to Different Hours, in a review of several current poetry collections.

Coyne, Kevin. “The Greatest Poet Never Heard.” New Jersey Monthly 26, no. 10 (October, 2001): 43-47. A profile of Dunn that emphasizes his background, including how he became interested in poetry, with discussion of his poetry’s characteristics.

Dunn, Stephen. “Stephen Dunn.” http://www.stephen The official Web site for Dunn provides biographical information, lists of published works and awards, commentary on his works, and links to interviews.

_______. “Stephen Dunn.” Interview by Sanford Pinsker. In Conversations with Contemporary American Writers, edited by Pinsker. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1985. Dunn explores his life, his poetry, and how he became a writer.

Murray, G. E. “The Collective Unconscious.” Southern Review 37, no. 2 (Spring, 2001): 404-420. In a review of several collections of poetry, Murray gives special emphasis to Dunn’s Different Hours.

Tromp, Ian. Review of Different Hours. Times Literary Supplement 5142 (October 19, 2001), p. 25. A discussion of Dunn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection.