Director, Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, Vanderbilt University
The son of working class parents from Buffalo, NY, Frank E. Dobson Jr. is director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center and Faculty Head of House of Gillette House at Vanderbilt University. In addition to his work at Vanderbilt, he also teaches at Fisk University.
Enlarge this imageHis publications include: The Race is Not Given (novel), published 1999 by SterlingHouse; "Homeless M.F.," (short fiction), published in 1996, in Warpland; "Junior Ain't," (short fiction), published in 2005, in the anthology Proverbs for the People; Introduction to the Barnes and Noble edition of Folks from Dixie, by Paul Laurence Dunbar (2008); and "Beyond the Limits: Reflections of A Black Working Class Academic," (essay) in Public Voices, Spring, 2002.
His novel, "Rendered Invisible," will be published in 2009, by Plain View Press. He has won the Bessie Head/Zora Neale Hurston Fiction Writers Award from Chicago State University, and Artist's Fellowship for his fiction from CultureWorks, in Dayton, Ohio.
He received a B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a M.A. in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Ph.D. in English from Bowling Green State University.