Larry O. Dean was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. As a young man, he worked with Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Michael Moore, was widely published in the alternative press, and also worked as a cartoonist. He attended the University of Michigan at Flint and Ann Arbor, during which time he won three Hopwood Awards in Creative Writing.
In addition to writing, he is a singer and songwriter, working both solo, as well as with several pop bands, currently The Injured Parties. He has released numerous critically-acclaimed CD's, including Throw the Lions to the Christians (1997) and Sir Slob (2001); Public Displays of Affection (1998) and Fables in Slang (2001) with Post Office; Gentrification is Theft (2002) with The Me Decade; and Fun with a Purpose (2007) with The Injured Parties. He also hosts a monthly songwriter showcase, Folk You!, now in its fifth year.
He is author of books, Rate of Exchange & Other Poems (1988); Barking Up the Wrong Tree (1989); QWERTYUIOP (1989); Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat (1990); Workers' Comp. (1995); Identity Theft for Dummies (2003); and I Am Spam (2004), a series of poems "inspired" by spam email. Selected magazine publications include The Berkeley Poetry Review, Gryphon, Passages North, Third Lung Review, The Altered Mind, Lilliput Review, Amaranth Review, Kumquat Meringue, California Quarterly, The Monona Review, Whoreson Dog, Pacific Coast Journal, Tomorrow, Poetry at the 33 Review, Work, Strong Coffee, Maelstrom, Clark Street Review, Red Rock Review, Big Bridge, Pigeon, The Banana King, Sliced Bread and Black Creek Review. His work has also been widely anthologized.
Larry was a 2004 recipient of the Hands on Stanzas Gwendolyn Brooks Award, presented by the Poetry Center of Chicago.
After living in San Francisco for over a decade, he makes his home in Chicago. www.larryodean.com
Larry O. Dean is collaborating on a project with Ken Rasak which is being performed at 32nd&Urban on October 27.