How did he become an author? Well, after brief, disastrous employment as a zookeeper, a modern dancer, a Greenwich Village waiter, a documentary filmmaker, and a wire service journalist, he had little other choice.
He has been published in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Gettysburg Review, Utne Reader, Crazyhorse, and Okey-Panky, among numerous other venues.
Dinty lives in Athens, Ohio. He is deathly afraid of polar bears.