American poet and novelist Stephen Dobyns was born February 19, 1941, in Orange, New Jersey.
Dobyns received a B.A. from Wayne State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1967.
Stephen Dobyns's book of poetry, Concurring Beasts was a Lamont Poetry Selection for 1971 and his collection of poems, Black Dog, Red Dog, was the 1984 National Poetry Series winner.
As a novelist, Dobyns is best known for his "Saratoga" series, a group of crime novels set in Saratoga Springs, New York, featuring detective Charlie Bradshaw and plots centering around corruption in the horse racing industry.
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American poet and novelist Stephen Dobyns submitted this poem, "At Three," for a class taught by Marvin Bell at the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.
The mimeographed typescript bears a handwritten note at the bottom of the page from "Pearl" to an unidentified individual, but possibly Donald Justice, since this item was laid in a book from his library. Pearl was Stephen Dobyns's classmate in a poetry class taught by American poet Marvin Bell at the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa in the spring of 1967. The note explains that this particular poem was written by Dobyns for that class.