About

Dennis James Sweeney is the author of Ghost/Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Being Haunted, as well as three other chapbooks. His writing has appeared in Crazyhorse, Five PointsNinth 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 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, and been featured in Wigleaf’s Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions. His work has been supported by residencies from Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, I-Park, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

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.

Twitter: @djsweeney
Instagram: @dennisjsweeney
Email: dennisjsweeney at gmail
Photo credit: Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint