Dean Bakopoulos

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Dean Bakopoulos

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Dean Bakopoulos is the author of the novels Please Don't Come Back from the Moon (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), My American Unhappiness (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and Summerlong (Ecco/HarperCollins). The winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a NEA fellowships in both fiction and creative nonfiction, Bakopoulos is writer-in-residence at Grinnell and teaches a screenwriting masterclass at the University of Iowa. A WGA screenwriter, he cowrote the film adaptation of his first novel and is co-creator and executive producer of the HBO MAX series Made for Love. Bakopoulos is currently developing several new projects for film and television, including Goodwinter, which he co-created with his partner, writer Alissa Nutting, as well as bestselling author Michael Perry and Grammy-winning musician Justin Vernon.

The winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as NEA fellowships in both fiction (2006) and creative nonfiction (2016), Bakopoulos is writer-in-residence at Grinnell College and also teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program and at the University of Iowa. He divides his time between Iowa and Los Angeles with his wife and occasional writing partner, Alissa Nutting, and their three kids. He is also co-writer and executive producer of the television series based on Alissa’s novel, Made for Love, for HBO MAX, premiering in 2021; he is also developing another original television project, The Off Weeks, based on the short story In The Pines. Bakopoulos and Nutting are co-directors of the [email protected] reading series.

Bakopoulos received his BA from the University of Michigan and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to teaching fiction and creative nonfiction workshops at Grinnell, Dean has taught creative writing at UW-Madison and at Iowa State University. The winner of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, Dean also reviews books for The New York Times Book Review and ​The San Francisco Chronicle.

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