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"Bard of the Blue Collar," Author Stuart Dybek at DePauw March 9

February 25, 2005

stuart dybek.jpgFebruary 25, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - "Irresistible" is how the Village Voice described Stuart Dybek's collection of short stories, The Coast of Chicago. The review added, "Mr. Dreiser, Mr. Farrell, Mr. Bellow, Mr. Algren, please say hello to Stuart Dybek. He is one of yours." On Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m., James and Marilou Kelly Writers Series welcomes Dybek to DePauw University. The program, to take place in the auditorium of the Richard E. Peeler Art Center, is free and open to all.

A professor of English at Western Michigan University and a member of the permanent faculty for the Prague Summer Writers Seminars, Stuart Dybek is also the author of I Sailed With Magellan and Childhood and other Neighborhoods, as well as two volumes of poetry, Streets in their Own Ink and Brass Knuckles

Dybek has received numerous writing awards including the 1995 PEN/Bernard Malamud Prize "for distinctive achievement in the short story;" an Academy Institute Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1994; dybek magellan.jpga Guggenheim Fellowship and two fellowships from the NEA. He also received four O. Henry Prizes, including a first prize award for "Hot Ice." Another story from The Coast of Chicago, "Blight," was awarded the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award. Childhood and Other Neighborhoods was nominated for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award in 1980.

Studs Terkel calls Dybek "the bard of the blue collar. The cream of the crop. He captures the vocabulary and the dreams of the outsider, the blue-collar guy."

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