Yates, Dwight 1942-
Yates, Dwight 1942-
Born 1942, in MT. Education: Portland State University, B.A., 1964; University of Montana, M.A., 1970; University of Arizona, A.B.D., 1976.
Served in the Peace Corps; Tabora Boys School, Tabora, Tanzania, instructor, 1965-67; University of Montana, Missoula, graduate assistant, 1967-70, instructor, 1970-72; University of Arizona, Tucson, graduate assistant and associate in teaching, 1972-79, director of McKale Writing Clinic, 1979-80; University of Redlands, Salzburg, Austria, adjunct faculty, 1987; University of California, Riverside, lecturer, 1981—. Military service: Served in the U.S. military.
National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, 1993; Serena MacDonald Kennedy fiction award, for Haywire Hearts and Slide Trombones; Juniper Prize for Fiction, University of Massachusetts, 2005.
(Editor, with Nancy Carrick) A Student's Guide to Freshman Composition, Burgess (Minneapolis, MN), 1980.
Haywire Hearts and Slide Trombones (stories), Snake Nation Press (Valdosta, GA), 2005.
Bring Everybody: Stories, University of Massachusetts Press (Amherst, MA), 2006.
Work represented in anthologies, including Best of the West 5: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri, edited by James Thomas and Denise Thomas, W.W. Norton (New York, NY), 1992; and Inlandia: A Literary Journey through California's Inland Empire, Heyday Books, 2006. Contributor to literary journals, including Northwest Review, Sonora Review, ZYZZYVA, Western Humanities Review, Puerto Del Sol, and Quarry West.
Dwight Yates is a Montana-born writer whose work has appeared in literary journals and in anthologies, as well as in his own collections. His award-winning Bring Everybody: Stories is a collection that includes the title story, about a retiree who tells college students of his life experiences and then becomes attached to a woman. The art scholar in "Giselda" visits the lover of his wife and urinates on his carpet. The house-sitting couple in the opening story, "The Black Mercedes," are visited by the homeowner's friend, a man who dies as soon as he arrives. The protagonists of "Oceanside, 1985" are a young couple expecting a baby, who are planning their first house. The man in "A Certain Samaritan" becomes caught up in the lives of a couple he picks up while on the road. In "Persimmons" a man is trapped on the roof when his ladder falls away.
The collection was reviewed by a Kirkus Reviews contributor, who praised Yates's writing with its "lengthy, detail-rich paragraphs and a taste for bone-dry ironic humor," but felt that it exhibited a level of "academic formality." The reviewer concluded by writing: "Yates is a wise stylist who knows exactly where he wants to go."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2006, review of Bring Everybody: Stories, p. 161.
Snake Nation Press Web site,http://www.snakenationpress.org/ (July 9, 2007), brief biography.
University of California, Riverside Web site,http://www.creativewriting.ucr.edu/ (July 9, 2007), faculty biography.