Donald Dunbar

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Donald Dunbar (born 1983) is an American poet. He was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After completing his MFA in Poetry at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Dunbar lived alone at a cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and travelled through Western Europe, living in Germany and Portugal.[1] He now lives in Portland, Oregon where he co-curates the reading series If Not For Kidnap[2] and teaches at the Oregon Culinary Institute.

His collection "Eyelid Lick" was awarded the Fence Modern Poets Series Prize,[2] and has been described as "being like given a driving tour through someone’s dream, and the dream is continually re-centering and referring back to itself,"[3] and "borne out of individual psychedelic experience into a world of streaming communication."[4] Huffington Post called it "ripping good book that's nearly impossible to put down or forget" while conceding it would appeal most to users of psychedelic drugs.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

He was raised in the American Midwest and studied for an MFA at University of Arizona.[6]



Poems and Broadsides[edit]


  1. ^ Oregon Culinary Institute. "A Poet in Our Midst". Oregon Culinary Institute. p. 1. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b Schraer, Jacob (November 7, 2012). "Poetry Powerhouse". Portland Mercury. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  3. ^ Jonathan Aprea. "Literature: Trust School". BOMBLOG. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Fence Portal: Eyelid Lick". Fence Books. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  5. ^ Abramson, Seth (2012-11-30). "November 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews". Huffington Post.
  6. ^ "Poetry: 'The Inaccurate Echo'". Oregon Live. February 11, 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2013.

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