Dean Bakopoulos was born and raised in metro Detroit, which is the setting of his first novel, Please Don't Come Back from the Moon (Harcourt), a New York Times Notable Book. He has lectured at Michigan, Cornell, UW-Madison, and other universities about the economic and environmental problems facing the post-industrial Rust Belt, and has published related essays and criticism in The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, The Progressive, The Believer, and Real Simple.
The winner of a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2006 National Endowment
for the Arts fellowship, Dean is currently on leae from the MFA
Program in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University and
is now teaching at Grinnell College. He
also teaches in the Warren
Wilson MFA Program for Writers. His second novel, My
is now out in paperback from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.