Dorene O’Brien is a Detroit-based teacher and writer widely published in the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. She has won the Red Rock Review Mark Twain Award for Short Fiction, the New Millennium Fiction Award and the Wind Fiction Prize. She also won the international Bridport Prize and is the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has appeared in the Connecticut Review, Madison Review, the Chicago Tribune, Cowboy Poetry, the Montreal Review, Passages North, the Baltimore Review, Cimarron Review, the Best of Carve Magazine, Short Story Review, Southern Humanities Review and Detroit Noir among others. Her work has earned three Pushcart Prize nominations and has been published in special Kindle editions. Voices of the Lost and Found, her first full-length story collection, won the USA Best Book Award in Fiction.
Bestselling authors have praised O’Brien’s writing. Jim Crace has called her work “entirely convincing,” Megan Abbott has said that “O’Brien’s voice is blazingly original,” and Matt Bell has said that O’Brien is “a writer with an impressive array of talents, including a sharp eye for detail and a deft descriptiveness that never gets in the way of the main attraction, her spectacularly drawn characters.”
As an instructor, O’Brien has mentored CCS students toward success in novel, comic book and story publication, and in scripting animated, short and full-length films that have debuted at the Detroit Film Theatre and the Main Art Theater in Royal Oak before earning top honors at the Detroit International, Silver Lake and Slamdance Film Festivals.
- BA, Wayne State University, MA, Wayne State University
- Adjunct Faculty