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Born in Flint, Michigan. Attended the University of Michigan and Murray State University's low-residency MFA program. Author of full-length collection, Brief Nudity (Salmon Poetry, 2013). Chapbooks include Basic Cable Couplets (Silkworms Ink, 2012), About the Author (Mindmade Books, 2011), abbrev (Beard of Bees, 2011), and I Am Spam (Fractal Edge Press, 2004). Selected magazine publications include Berkeley Poetry Review, Passages North, Big Bridge, OCHO, and Artichoke Haircut. Also a critically-acclaimed songwriter, Dean has numerous CD releases to his credit, including Good Grief (2015), Fun with a Purpose (2009) with The Injured Parties, and Fables in Slang (2001) with Post Office.