Dan Gerber

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Dan Gerber (born 1940[1] in western Michigan, United States) is an American poet.

Life and work[edit]

Gerber received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Michigan State University in 1962. He was the co-founder, with Jim Harrison, of the literary magazine Sumac.[2] As part of his journalist profession, Gerber made extensive travels, primarily to Africa. He has served as writer-in-residence at Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University.[3] Gerber currently lives in Santa Ynez Valley, California with his wife.[4]

Gerber's literary works have been recognized and highlighted at Michigan State University in their Michigan Writers Series.[5] His work has appeared in Narrative Magazine.[6] His most recent book of poetry, Sailing through Cassiopeia[7] was published in 2012 by Copper Canyon Press.

Awards and honors[edit]



  • Sailing through Cassiopeia (Copper Canyon Press, 2012)
  • A Primer on Parallel Lives (Copper Canyon Press, 2007)
  • Trying to Catch the Horses (1999)
  • A Last Bridge Home: New and Selected Poems (1992)
  • Snow on the Backs of Animals (1986)
  • The Chinese Poems (1978)
  • Departure (1973)
  • The Revenant (1971)


  • A Voice from the River (1990)
  • Out of Control (1974)
  • American Atlas (1973)

Short Stories[edit]

  • Grass Fires (1987)


  • A Second Life: A Collected Nonfiction (2001)
  • Indy: The World’s Fastest Carnival Ride (1977)