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Dorene O'Brien's Biography

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West Bloomfield, MI
Patrick O'Brien
Dec 2007

Dorene O'Brien was born and raised in Detroit where she can still be seen taking photos of the UA Theater Building on Bagley or dining at Lafayette after researching her latest story. She has been a fiction writer for twenty years, and currently teaches creative writing at the College for Creative Studies and at Wayne State University, where she earned her MA in English. O'Brien won the Red Rock Review Mark Twain Award for Short Fiction, New Millennium's Fiction Award and the Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award. She also won the prestigious Bridport Prize and is the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her short stories have appeared in the Connecticut Review, Clackamas Literary Review, the Chicago Tribune, New Millennium Writings, Carve Magazine, Ellipsis, Cimarron Review, Red Rock Review, Inkwell, Passages North, Detroit Noir and others. Her short story collection,Voices of the Lost and Found, was published in 2007.  She is currently working on a novel featuring fossil hunters in Ethiopia.

Influences

Joyce Carol Oates

Ethan Canin
Stewart O'Nan
Michael Chabon

Upcoming Works

Speak to the Earth (working title), a novel about fossil hunters in Ethiopia.

Publishers

Wayne State University Press
Akashic Press