Danielle Dutton

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Danielle Dutton (b. 1975 Visalia, California) is an American writer and publisher, and an assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis. She is the author of Attempts at a Life and S P R A W L, which was a finalist for the Believer Book Award.


Dutton grew up in Visalia, California. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in History. She later studied writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2007, she earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver, where she also served as Associate Editor for the Denver Quarterly. For six years she taught fiction and literature classes in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. She worked as a book designer at Dalkey Archive Press for four of those years. She is now an assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

In 2010, Dutton launched her own independent press Dorothy, a publishing project. The website states that Dorothy, a publishing project is dedicated "to works of fiction, or near fiction, or about fiction, mostly by women." To date, the press has published books by Renee Gladman, Barbara Comyns, Manuela Draeger (translated from the French by Brian Evenson), Suzanne Scanlon, and Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi.

Published Work[edit]


S P R A W L, Siglio Press, 2010, shortlisted for the Believer Book Award

Attempts at a Life, Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2007


from A World Called a Blazing World, Belladonna* Collaborative, 2011

City, Sidebrow Books, 2010


“Selections from Madame Bovary” in I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women, Les Figues Press, forthcoming 2011

“Nine Attempts at a Life” in A Best of Fence: The First Nine Years, Fence Books, 2009

“from S P R A W L” in Where We Live Now: An Annotated Reader, Suddenly Press, 2008

“Sprung” in Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry, Autumn House Press, 2007


Dutton has fiction published in, among other venues, Places: Design Observer, Harper's, BOMB, NOON, Fence, and The Collagist.