Dennis Trudell - Poet / Short Story Fiction Writer / Editor

Poet / Fiction Writer / Editor

Dennis Trudell - Poet / Short Story Fiction Writer / Editor

Poet and fiction writer Dennis Trudell grew up outside Buffalo, N.Y., and has lived for many years in Madison, Wisconsin. He won the Pollak Prize national competition for Fragments in Us: Recent & Earlier Poems (University of Wisconsin Press). The book received an "Outstanding Achievement" citation from the Wisconsin Library Association. Trudell edited Full Court: A Literary Anthology of Basketball (Breakaway Books), considered the definitive selection of short stories and poems about the sport. He has published 10 chapbooks of poetry, most recently Lengthening Shriek: Poems for the New Century. His poems have been reprinted in over twenty anthologies. Trudell has published poems in many journals, including Poetry, Georgia Review, Ohio Review, New England Review, TriQuarterly, Indiana Review, Harvard Magazine, Ironwood, Prairie Schooner, Literary Review, Green Mountains Review, North American Review, The Progressive, Agni online

Fragments - In this collection of poems spanning thirty years of work, Dennis Trudell writes about the dense humanity of cities, about Chicago, basketball, an inner-city fire; about Vietnam and Central America; about sons and parents. Above all, he writes about the humility and humanity we gain from recognizing our ties to all our fellow sojourners on this earth, noticing that strangers and neighbors are often brave and resilient and lovely beyond reason. Inspired by such writers as Nelson Algren and Pablo Neruda, Trudell sees reason for hope and humor in a radical stance toward grim realities of the world.

Fragments in Us:
Recent & Earlier Poems

Winner of the 1996 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry Selected by Philip Levine

Hardcover
ISBN: 0299152103
Paperback
ISBN: 0299152146 
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
September 1, 1996
73 pp

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Full Court:  A Literary Anthology of Basketball
Hardcover
ISBN: 1558215042
Publisher:  Breakaway Books
September 1996
353 pp
Full Court - Glorifying the wild rhythm and grace of the game, and the place basketball has in our hearts, this anthology includes great writers from John Updike to John Edgar Wideman.
Glorifying the wild rhythm and grace of the game, and the place basketball has in our hearts, this anthology includes writers such as John Updike, John Edgar Wideman, Sherman Alexie, and Bobbie Ann Mason.

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Trudell's short stories have been published in Prism International, Ohio Review, Western Humanities Review, Lillabulero, Kansas Review/Arkansas Quarterly, Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, Chariton Review, Quarry West, Notre Dame Review, Ontario Review. More recent stories appeared in North American Review ("Organic Shrapnel & Other Stories") and Madison Magazine ("Kid Noir," winner of a $500 contest). His "Gook" was reprinted in an O. Henry Prize volume, and his stories have twice received "Distinctive Stories of the Year" listing in Best American Short Stories plus a "Special Mention" in a Pushcart Prize edition.

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Available Poetry Chapbooks

Marquees of Buffalo: Movies in Prose & Prose Poems by Dennis Trudell

Marquees of Buffalo:
Movies in Prose & Prose Poems

Paperback
ISBN: 1-893311-35-x
Publisher: Parallel Press
32 pp.

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Road Forks: 
A Ramble in Poem

Paperback
ISBN: 1-882983-13-0
Publisher: March Street Press
30 pp.

Road Forks: A Ramble in Poem by Dennis Trudell

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Trudell studied writing under Paul Bennett at Denison University in Ohio, and with Bryan MacMahon and Nelson Algren at the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, earning an MA in 20th Century Literature and MFA in Fiction Writing. He taught at the University of Hawaii, Susquehanna University, Case Western Reserve University, and for 17 years at University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. In addition, he has been a writer-in-residence for a brief period at Bradley University and a semester at his alma mater, Denison University. Trudell has also participated in poets-in-the-schools programs in two states, taught Extension Division courses at University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Chicago, led workshops for seniors, and taught and tutored at a state and federal prison. He is married to research archivist and genealogist Dee Grimsrud; the two have 7 grandchildren in Madison and Arizona. He owns more VHS and DVD's of  movies, many of no recent year, than his dozen-plus shelves of them can hold.

Dennis Trudell has currently under submission a poetry collection from the last decade. He is assembling a fiction manuscript, including a novella and both published and as-yet unpublished short stories and short-short stories. He continues writing new work. He'd like to believe he occasionally rises to Bernard's Malamud's advice: "Write your heart out." He values writing that calls for a more just, humane U.S. and world community than often seems their present direction. 

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