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Waldorf College to Welcome Author Dean Bakopoulos

Jason Eck

Novelist Dean Bakopoulos, a professor of creative writing at Iowa State University, will visit Waldorf College on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 21-22 to read from his first novel and to work with students.

Bakopoulos will appear at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Waldorf Art Gallery in the Campus Center as part of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at Waldorf. The series strives to deepen the campus conversation and exposure to writing. Each year Waldorf brings two writers of national renown to campus to read and work with students in classes and conferences. The event is free and open to the public.

Bakopoulos will host a question-and-answer session after the reading and sign copies of his first book, “Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon,” which was published by Harcourt. Bakopoulos said he looks forward to visiting Waldorf.

“I find students at small colleges to be wonderfully curious, dynamic and engaged with both life on campus and in the world around them,” he said. “I am eager to interact with the students at Waldorf.”

On Feb. 22, Bakopoulos will work individually with creative writing students in the morning and then visit an advanced fiction writing course taught by Waldorf assistant professor of English and creative writing Joe Wilkins.

Wilkins describes Bakopoulos’ work as “fun, serious, sad and hopeful all at the same time.”

“I invited Dean because he’s simply a wonderful writer, but it also helps that he’s young and approachable and by all accounts great with students,” Wilkins said. “I know my students are really jazzed to meet him and hear what he has to say about writing.”

Bakopoulos, 35, was born and reared in Detroit, Mich., which is the setting of “Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon.” He describes the novel as “a haunting, unforgettable debut novel for anyone who has ever been left longing.”

Copies of the book will be available for $14 plus tax at the Waldorf Bookstore before the event.

The winner of a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2006 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, Bakopoulos teaches a master’s degree program in creative writing and environment at Iowa State University. Bakopoulos is now working on a book of nonfiction, as well as a television series based on “Moon.” His second novel, “My American Unhappiness,” is scheduled to be published this spring by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

For more information about the series, call Wilkins at (641) 585-8206. For information about the creative writing and English programs at Waldorf, visit