Dennis James Sweeney’s writing has appeared in Crazyhorse, Five Points, Ninth Letter, The New York Times, and The Southern Review, among many others. He is a Small Press Editor of Entropy, the recipient of an MFA from Oregon State University, and a former Fulbright fellow in Malta. Originally from Cincinnati, he lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Denver. He is the author of four chapbooks, including Ghost/Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Being Haunted, out from Ricochet Editions in spring 2020.
He has been a finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize, as well as contests with Essay Press, YesYes Books, and Tarpaulin Sky. At Oregon State, he won the Joyce Carol Oates Award for Fiction; he has also won Unstuck’s Flash Fiction Open, judged by Amelia Gray, and been featured in Wigleaf’s Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions. His first chapbook, What They Took Away, won the 2013 CutBank Chapbook Contest. He is also the author of the chapbooks THREATS, from alice blue books, and Poems About Moss, from Radioactive Cloud.
He has worked as an English language teacher at a buxiban in Taiwan, as a writing instructor at the University of Malta, and as a creative writing instructor at Oregon State University and the University of Denver. He currently teaches creative writing at Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop in Western Massachusetts and GrubStreet in Boston.