In 2005, he made a documentary about Mormon polygamy, which led to a book on the topic, , won the 2009 CBA Letterpress Chapbook award.
“American fiction waited a long time for Bonnie Jo Campbell to come along,” writes Jaimy Gordon, winner of the 2010 National Book Award.
He is Glenna Luschei Editor of and is Chancellor Professor of English at the University of Nebraska.
Dawes serves as the Associate Poetry Editor for Peepal Tree Books and is Director of the African Poetry Book Fund.
He also designed and taught a summer workshop for teachers from the urban program America SCORES for five years.
He is a recipient of The Lamont Award for his first book, Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, Senior Fulbrights to Yugoslavia and Australia, and awards from The Academy of American Poets and The American Academy of Arts and Letters. He then turned to freelance and moved to Los Angeles to spend the next nine years writing features about all kinds of things, especially celebrities, subcultures, and fringe groups.He has published 24 books and is known for his many collaborations with other artists, including , an ekphrastic collaboration with photographer Nathan Lyons, and for his influential teaching.Often redefining his poetics from book to book, he is the creator of the “Dead Man” and “Dead Man Resurrected” poems, and has been called “ambitious without pretension.” Bell edited poetry for five years for the for Lost Horse Press for five years, a series that published 15 poets, three to a volume.He's the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.In 2016 he won the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. His awards include the Forward Poetry Prize, a Windham Campbell Prize, The Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, The Musgrave Silver Medal, several Pushcart Prizes, the Barnes and Nobles Writers for Writers Award, and an Emmy.His work has appeared in magazines, literary journals, and newspapers such as received the 1998 Pushcart Editors’ Book Award, the Barnes and Noble Discovery of Great New Writers Award, and the 1999 Independent Book Publishers Award for Fiction. In 2018, Pacific University created the Katherine Dunn Scholarship fund for exceptional female student writers who have demonstrated financial need. His ancestors were traditionally whalers and Grand Banks fisherman, sailing out of the Islands and then Provincetown.He is the author of five collections of poetry and two novels.She writes both realistic fiction and science fiction.Her first collection of short stories, , published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2009, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and the Oregon Book Award.Among his many awards are multiple inclusions in Best American Poetry, four Pushcart Prizes, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and a California Arts Council Fellowship in poetry.His debut novel, Molly Gloss is a novelist and short story writer whose work has received, among other honors, a PEN West Fiction Prize, an Oregon Book Award, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Awards, the James Tiptree, Jr.