Professor of English
Office: Hollenbeck Hall 118 (937) 327- 7069
A.B., University North Carolina; M.A., Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., University of Iowa
Kent H. Dixon has his graduate degrees from University of Iowa and Johns Hopkins University, and has been a member of Wittenberg’s English Department since 1980, where he has taught literature and creative writing. As a writer himself, he has published in all genres but mostly fiction and is the winner of numerous awards and honors—Honorable Mention in Best American Short Stories and a Notable Essays listing in Best American Essays: 1997, plus three Pushcart nominations, repeated finalist and semifinalist in notable competitions (Iowa Short Fiction, Sarabande, Midwest Quarterly’s novella contest), and been awarded three Ohio Arts Council grants. In 1994 he won first prize for Story magazine’s Love Story Competition, and a second prize in ’96 for a Libido competition, another love story of sorts.
His translations of Rilke, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, and Sappho poems are currently available on-line, and his short stories have appeared in journals such as Tri-Quarterly, The Iowa Review, Shenandoah, The Georgia Review, Carolina Quarterly, Gettysburg Review, The Antioch Review (Summer 2009); and articles, scientific journalism, travel writing, and creative nonfiction in The Arkansas Review, Energy Review, Grand Tour, and The American Prospect. A collection of his fiction is now circulating as Siren Songs. Also in the pipeline are two novels soon to be circulating: Islands, and Dance & Turn, a screenplay about Homer, and a graphic novel of The Epic of Gilgamesh, a collaboration with cartoonist son Kevin Dixon.
Dixon’s specialty could be said to be the short short, as he co-edited the first anthology of short shorts to be published in the USA (The Stonewall Book of Short Fictions, 1973), and he is currently co-editing a collection of shorts, working title Freak Lightning.