Dean Goranites '10
Born and raised in the Buffalo area, Dean Goranites '10 became an English major mainly due to a lack of interest in any other field, then stumbled on a creative writing course his junior year. After being persuaded by his professors to enroll in more writing classes, he discovered through the help of a classmate and friend his love of poetry. Dean cites his teenage journey through the punk and ska scenes as a major influence on his writing style, but is not ashamed to admit that during the period, he could name only a handful of authors off the top of his head. Currently he owns and operates AuthorsUnleashed.com, a creative writing collective aimed at rustling the literary norms. He cites such artists as Stanley Kubrick, Charles Bukowski, David Lynch, Stephen Colbert, Kurt Vonnegut, Vic Ruggiero, and Dave Eggers as role models.