Born: September 23, 1930
Ohio connection: Resident
Wayne Dodd, son of Homer D. and Maggie M. (Potts) Dodd, was born in 1930 in Clarita, Oklahoma. He received a B.A. in 1955, an M.A. in 1957, and a Ph.D. in 1963, all from the University of Oklahoma. His 1958 marriage to Betty Coshow ended in divorce 22 years later. In 1981, he married Joyce Barlow. They had two children, Elizabeth and Hudson. Dodd worked as an English instructor at the University of Colorado, 1960-64, and as assistant professor of English, 1964-68. He moved to Ohio University, Athens, in 1968, where he was associate professor of English until 1973; professor of English, 1973-94; Kennedy Distinguished Professor of Poetry, 1994-2001; and distinguished professor emeritus, 2001 to the present. Dodd was the editor of the Ohio Review from its founding in 1971 until it ceased publication in 2001. His poetry books include We Will Wear White Roses, Made in America, Sometimes Music Rises, Of Desire and Disorder, and Is. He is also the author of the novel A Time of Hunting.
American Council of Learned Societies fellow, 1964-65; Award for Editorial Excellence, Ohioana Foundation, 1979; fellowships from Ohio Arts Council, 1980, 1989, and 1998; National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry, 1982; Krout Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry, Ohioana Library Foundation, 1991; fellowship from National Park Service, 1993; Pulitzer Prize nomination, 1994, for Of Desire and Disorder; Rockefeller Foundation fellowship, 1995; National Book Award nomination, 1998, for The Blue Salvages; and Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts, 2001.