Dorene O'Brien

201 E. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48201

Author's Bio

I am a fiction writer who teaches creative writing at Wayne State University and at the College for Creative Studies. I have won the Red Rock Review Mark Twain Award for Short Fiction, the New Millennium’s Fiction Award and the Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award. I have also won the international Bridport Prize and am the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. My short stories have appeared in the Connecticut Review, Clackamas Literary Review, the Chicago Tribune, the Montreal Review, New Millennium Writings, Cimarron Review, Detroit Noir and others. Voices of the Lost and Found, my first full-length short fiction collection, won the USA Best Books Award in Fiction. I am currently writing a novel featuring fossil hunters in Ethiopia.

Publications and Prizes

Voices of the Lost and Found
(Wayne State University Press, 2007)
Detroit Noir
(Akashic Books, 2007)
, My Cruel Invention
(Meerkat Press, 2015)
, XX Eccentric: Stories about the Eccentricities of Women
(Main Street Rag, 2009)
, 42opus, Alkali Flats, Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts, and Humanities, Baltimore Review, Blue Lake Review, Carve, Chicago Tribune, Cimarron Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Connecticut Review, Corridors Literary Magazine, Curious Rooms, Driftwood Review, Ellipsis, Fine Print, Higginsville Reader, Hot Metal Press, Houston Literary Review, Inkwell, Kenning, Litro Magazine, Lowestoft Chronicle, Main Street Rag, Margin: Exploring Magic Realism, Miranda Literary Magazine, New Millennium Writings, New Press Literary Quarterly, News From: The Republic of Letters, Night Train, North Atlantic Review, Paper Street, Passages North, Peregrine, Perigee, Phantom Kangaroo, Plum Biscuit, Princeton Arts Review, r.kv.r.y. quarterly, REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters, Red Rock Review, Short Story Review, Silver Quill, The MacGuffin, The Madison Review, The Montreal Review, The Rambler, Third Wednesday, THIS Literary Magazine, Tidal Basin Review, Turbulence, Wayne Literary Review, Weave Magazine
Prizes Won: 
Mark Twain Award for Short Fiction New Millennium Fiction Award Wind Fiction Award International Bridport Prize Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award NEA grant for Creative Writing Vermont Studio Center residency USA Book News Best Book Award

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Fiction Writer
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Polish American
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Detroit, MI
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Last updated: Jan 09, 2017