Stuart Dybek (2009)

Stuart Dybek

Stuart Dybek is the author of three collections of short fiction including, The Coast of Chicagoand Childhood and Other Neighborhoods, as well as a volume of poetry, Brass Knuckles.  His latest book, I Sailed with Magellan, is a novel told in eleven stories by a single narrator who navigates the stark neighborhoods of Chicago’s South Side. Dybek’s writing has been frequently anthologized and has appeared in numerous periodicals including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Poetry, The Paris Review, and Tri-Quarterly. His most recent publication is Streets in Their Own Ink, a collection of poems. Dybek is hailed as being one of the originators of using the short story as a form of writing. As far as style goes, he is considered to be a very "lyrical" writer, which can be seen as almost a direct cause of Dybek's obsession with jazz music, which he continues today, as he writes his "verses" in notebooks while listening to jazz music during his afternoons in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During the evening, Dybek teaches English at Western Michigan University.