Klein chosen 2002 Writer-in-Residence Dr. Dennis Klein, professor of modern languages at The University of South Dakota, has been chosen as the 2002 Writer-in-Residence by the Julia and David White Artists' Colony in Costa Rica.
The Writer-in-Residence award is usually awarded to a "creative" writer (i.e., novelist or poet), but this year the foundation selected Klein for the body of dramatic criticism he has recently written.
The body of work cited includes books on Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca and British playwright Peter Shaffer as well as a proposal for a book currently being written, The History of the College of Fine Arts at The University of South Dakota, 1862-2002.
Klein received his B.S.E in 1965 and his M.A. in 1967 from the University of Kansas. He received his Ph.D from the University of Massachusetts in 1973. Three years later, Klein came to USD where he is a member of the faculty in the Department of Modern Languages.
In 1999, he became the special assistant to the dean of the College of Fine Arts.
Klein is a prolific writer and has authored more than 90 books, contributions to books, articles, reviews, bibliographies and indexes, and conference papers.
The Julia and David White Artists' Colony describes itself as a secular humanist environment to support and encourage serious working artists from anywhere in the world. The colony organizes events where works of resident composers, visual artists and writers are displayed and performed. Established in 1990 by Dr. William L. White, the colony affords artists the opportunity "to explore their visions in a democracy free of the pervasive military influence found in most other countries."
It was created in memoriam to Dr. White's children as a non-profit organization with fellowships of usually one month. The fellowships are available to writers, visual artists and composers from July 1 through Dec. 31.