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Stuart Dybek (b. 1942) is an American writer. Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

He was born in 1942 in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Chicago's Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods in the 1950s and early 1960s. Dybek graduated from St. Rita of Cascia High School in 1959. He writes about these neighborhoods and the ethnic shift that occurred when they went from being populated with Poles and Czechs toward the primarily Hispanic areas of the city that still remain to this day. Dybek's father immigrated to the U.S. from Poland and took the job as a foreman as an International Harvester; his mother worked as a truck dispatcher. Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... South Lawndale is a community area located on the west side of Chicago, Illinois, more commonly known as the Little Village neighborhood. ... Pilsen is a neighborhood on Chicagos West Side. ... St. ... Hispanic flag, not widely used. ... Navistar (formerly International Harvester) started in Chicago, United States, which produced agricultural machinery, construction equipment and vehicles. ...

Dybek earned an MFA from the University of Iowa and has an MA in literature from Loyola University Chicago. He currently teaches at Northwestern University after several years teaching Western Michigan University. In the United States, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a terminal graduate degree in an area of visual, plastic, literary or performing arts typically requiring two to three years of study beyond the bachelor level. ... The University of Iowa, also commonly called Iowa or U of I, is a major national research university located on a campus in Iowa City, Iowa, USA, on the banks of the Iowa River in East Central Iowa. ... A Master of Arts is a postgraduate academic masters degree awarded by universities in North America and the United Kingdom (excluding the ancient universities of Scotland and Oxbridge. ... A garden sign welcomes residents and visitors to Rogers Park as home of Loyola University Chicago. ... For other uses, see Northwestern. ... Western Michigan University (abbr. ...

Critics have stated that Dybek is a master of the short story. Dybek’s fiction departs from the Chicago tradition of realistic writing. It combines realism with the surreal and lyrical mysteries of memory, emotions and imagination. His tales mix the tangibilty of everyday life with the fantastic. Much of his work is set within the world of ethnic customs and the Roman Catholic rituals of his childhood. Many of the things that he experienced throughout his childhood have been adapted into his works. Dybek's work often explores the nature of neighborhoods. Drawing on his own background in Chicago, Dybek explores issues of community identity, immigration, and displacement. This article is in need of attention. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ...

His two collections of poems are Brass Knuckles (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1979) and Streets in Their Own Ink (Farrar, 2004). His fiction includes Childhood and Other Neighborhoods, The Coast of Chicago, and most recently I Sailed With Magellan, a novel-in-stories. His work is frequently anthologized and appears regularly in magazines such as Harper's, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Tin House, Ploughshares, and Triquarterly. An issue of Harpers Magazine from 1905 Another issue, from November 2004 Harpers Magazine (or simply Harpers) is a monthly magazine of politics and culture. ... The New Yorker is an American magazine that publishes reportage, criticism, essays, cartoons, poetry and fiction. ... The Atlantic Monthly (also known as The Atlantic) is an American literary/cultural magazine that was founded in November 1857. ... Ploughshares is an American literary journal published quarterly by Emerson College. ...

In 2004, his collection, The Coast of Chicago, was the “One Book, One Chicago” selection—“One Book” is an ambitious program in which the selected book is read in libraries and high schools throughout the city. Also in 2004, I Sailed With Magellan was awarded the prize in adult fiction from the Society of Midland Authors. The book was selected as a New York Times Notable Book and was chosen by the American Library Association as one of the 26 Most Notable Books of 2005. One of the stories, “Breasts,” appears in the 2004 Best American Short Stories. The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... ALA Logo The American Library Association (ALA) is a group based in the United States that promotes libraries and library education internationally. ... The Best American Short Stories yearly anthology is a part of the Best American Series published by the Houghton Mifflin Company. ...


Dybek's work has won numerous awards, among them a Lannan Prize, a PEN/Malamud Award, a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim, and numerous O. Henry Prizes and inclusions in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Poetry. The Lannan Literary Awards are a series of awards and literary fellowships given out in various fields. ... Logo of International PEN International PEN, the worldwide association of writers, was founded in 1921 to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere; to emphasise the role of literature in the development of mutual understanding and world culture; to fight for freedom of expression; and to act as... The Whiting Writers Award is an American award presented annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays. ... Walter Abish, Writer, New York City Claude Abraham, Professor Emeritus French, University of California, Davis Alice Adams, Artist, Bronx, New York Eric G. Adelberger, Professor of Physics, University of Washington Reginald Edgar Allen, Professor of Philosophy and Classics, Northwestern University David Hershel Alpers, William B. Kountz Professor of Medicine, Washington... The O. Henry Awards are yearly prizes given to short stories of exceptional merit. ... The Best American Short Stories yearly anthology is a part of the Best American Series published by the Houghton Mifflin Company. ... The Best American Poetry series consists of books annually published, each with poems from 75 authors who, in the opinion of the guest editors, represent the best American poetry published in a 12-month period. ...

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Michigan Writers Series - Stuart Dybek, 04/18/2003 (164 words)
Stuart Dybek is the author of two collections of short stories (The Coast of Chicago and Childhood and Other Neighborhoods) and a collection of poems (Brass Knuckles).
Dybek earned an MFA from the University of Iowa and holds an MA in Literature from Loyola University in Chicago.
He is a contributing editor for several magazines and serves regularly as a judge for various literary awards.
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