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Larry O. Dean

PO Box 803278
Chicago, Illinois, United States


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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 CDís, including Public Displays of Affection (1997) and Fables in Slang (2001) with Post Office, Throw the Lions to the Christians (1997), Sir Slob (1999), and Gentrification Is Theft (2002) with The Me Decade. Fun with a Purpose (2007), with The Injured Parties, is his latest.

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, Black Creek Review, and Sliced Bread. 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.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Amplifier
  • Poetry

  • Hands on Stanzas
  • Workers Comp
  • Rate of Exchange
  • I Am Spam
  • American Poetry Confronts the 1990s
  • Eyes Ears Nose & Throat
  • Hands on Stanzas
  • Passages North
  • Hands on Stanzas
  • Identity Theft for Dummies
  • Barking up the Wrong Tree