Edward Dorn was born 2 April 1929 in Villa Grove, Illinois. He studied with Charles Olson at Black Mountain College and graduated in 1955. He taught at Idaho State University at Pocatello (1961-65), the University of Essex, Great Britain (1965-1970), Northeastern Illinois University at Chicago (1970-1971), Kent State University, Ohio (1973-74) and the University of Colorado (1977-1999).
Edward Dorn has written and published extensively. His works include: What I See in the Maximus Poems (1960), The Newly Fallen (1961), Hands Up! (1964), Geography (1965), The Shoshoneans: The People of the Basin Plateau (1966), The North Atlantic Turbine (1967), Gunslinger Book I (1968), Gunslinger Book II (1969), Twenty-four Love Songs (1969), Tree Between Two Walls (1969), Songs Set Two: A Short Count (1970), The Cycle (1971), Some Business Recently Transacted in the White World (1971), Gunslinger Book III (1972), Recollections of Gran Apacheria (1974), The Collected Poems: 1956-1974 (1975), Slinger (1975), Views (1980), Yellow Lola (1981), and Abhorrences (1990).
Mr. Dorn died in December 1999 at the age of 70.