"Educator, I am an administrator at Vanderbilt University and teach at Fisk University; one, predominantly white and elite; the other, a historically black, proud school which has had its troubles. They are separated geographically by a few miles and a bridge, which I cross from one to the other. "
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Frank E. Dobson, Jr. PhD


Rendered Invisible, my latest book, is a work of historical fiction, which is forthcoming (summer, 2010), by Plain View Press.    This work, set in my hometown of Buffalo, NY and other locales, examines racial and social relationships, including a little-known but racially-motivated killing spree.

As a writer, my work centers on issues of spirituality, race, gender and class.  I have published a novel, The Race Is Not Given (SterlingHouse, 1999) and several pieces of short fiction, all of which confront masculinity from the perspective of black workin g-class males, families and communities.  “Black Messiahs Die” (The Vander bilt Review, 2005) is a work of historical fiction which uses th e shooting of a black male by the police in Cincinnati (and other cities) as the backdrop for an examination of the wrongful death of a young black male athlete. “Homeless M.F.” (W arpland, 1995) examines class and gender through the mindset of a young, black, ex-con.

My one-act play, “Fridays Without Pay” was presented at the 2005 National Black Theatre Festival.  It examines black male-female relationships from a historical context. And my full-length play, “Black Messiahs Fly” was presented at the 2007 National Black Theatre Festival.    A revision of that play, “Young Messiahs Fly,” was presented at the Frank Silvera’s Writers Workshop in Harlem, NYC, in April of 2008 and also in Nashville, TN and Toledo, Ohio, in 2010.

My scholarly examinations of race, gender and class include a biographical essay, “Reflections of a Black Working Class Academic” which was published in Public Voices (Vol. V, No. 3) and other works.  I have had numerous other scholarly works in print and/or presented at professional conferences.  These include the following: the introduction to the Barnes & Noble edition of  Folks from Dixie, by the famed poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and a recent article, “Beyond Black Men as Breeders:  White Men and the Commodity of Blackness,” which appears in the Vanderbilt University journal, Ameriquests (Vol 6, no 1).   Additionally, I have studied and written on various write rs including James Baldwin, A l Young, John McCluskey, John Edgar Wideman, a nd Carlene Hatcher Polite.

Educationally, I received my B.A. at the University of Buffalo (SUNY), the M.A. in English from UNLV and the Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University (Ohio).  I received a Ford Foundation fellowship to study at Penn in 1992.  And in 1996, I received the Hurston-Head Fiction Writer’s Award from Chicago State University, and in 1999, I received a CultureWorks Creative Writing Award.  I am a native of Buffalo, NY and have lived across the USA.   I am married to Dioncia, and we have three grown children.