Jim Daniels

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James Raymond Daniels (born 1956 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American poet and writer.

He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, the poet Kristin Kovacic, and their children.

Life and work[edit]

Daniels' writing style is as this:
Fine dust in the summer field of childhood
and the dark dank basement of lust
unfinished and forgotten feuds
vile taunts and sing-song slurs.
The tainted gentle stench of weeds
the absence of stately trees, adult supervision
the wide flat factories
the chemical tar of their parking lots.
The bicycles and t-shirts and greasy rags
and the foreign tenderness of girls
we shied away from, then dreamt about.[1]

Since 1981, Daniels has been on the faculty of the creative writing program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he is the Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English.

The majority of Daniels' papers can be found within the Special Collections department of Michigan State University's main library.

Daniels' literary works have been recognized and highlighted at Michigan State University in their Michigan Writers Series.[2] He won the inaugural Brittingham Prize in Poetry in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He was educated at Alma College and Bowling Green State University.

Works[edit]

  • Factory Poems, poetry (Alma: Jack-in-the-Box Press, 1979)
  • On the Line, poetry (Menomonee Falls: Signpost Press, 1981)
  • Places/Everyone, poetry (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985)
  • The Long Ball, poetry (Pittsburgh: Pig-in-a-Poke Press, 1988)
  • Digger's Territory, poetry (Easthampton: Adastra Press, 1989)
  • Punching Out, poetry (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1990)
  • Hacking It, poetry (St. Clair Shores: Ridgeway Press, 1992)
  • M-80, poetry (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1993)
  • The Carnegie Mellon Anthology of Poetry, (co-editor), a poetry anthology (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1993)
  • Niagara Falls, poetry (Easthampton: Adastra Press, 1994)
  • No Pets, screenplay (Braddock: Braddock Films, 1994)
  • Letters to America: Contemporary Poetry on Race, (editor), a poetry anthology (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1995)
  • Blessing the House, poetry (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1993)
  • Brooding the Heartlands, poetry (Huron: Bottom Dog Press, 1998)
  • No Pets, stories (Huron: Bottom Dog Press, 1999)
  • Blue Jesus, poetry (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2000)
  • American Poetry: The Next Generation, (co-editor), a poetry anthology (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2000)
  • Black Vinyl, Red Vinyl, poetry (Toledo: Aureole Press, 2001)
  • Greatest Hits, poems (Johnstown: Pudding House Press, 2002)
  • Night with Drive-by Shooting Stars, poems (Kalamazoo: New Issues Press, 2002)
  • Digger's Blues, poetry (Easthampton: Adastra Press, 2002)
  • Detroit Tales, stories (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2003)
  • Show and Tell: New and Selected Poems, poetry (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2003)
  • Street, poems (Huron: Bottom Dog Press, 2005)
  • Dumpster, screenplay (Pittsburgh: Three Rivers Film Festival, 2005)
  • Now Showing, poetry (Burlington, Ontario: Aladada Books, 2006)
  • Revolt of the Crash-Test Dummies, poetry (Cheney: Eastern Washington University Press, 2007)
  • Mr. Pleasant, stories (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2007)
  • In Line for the Exterminator, poetry (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2007)
  • From Milltown to Malltown. poems (Grosse Pointe Farms: Marick Press, 2010)
  • Mr. Pleasant. screenplay (Pittsburgh: Three Rivers Film Festival, 2010)
  • Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry, poetry (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2011)
  • Trigger Man: More Tales of the Motor City. stories (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2011)
  • All of the Above. poetry (Easthampton: Adastra Press, 2011)
  • Birth Marks. poetry (Rochester: BOA Editions, 2013)
  • Eight Mile High. stories (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2014)

Sources[edit]

Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2003. PEN (Permanent Entry Number): 0000023043.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dunes Review. Volume 16 Issue 1. Winter 2012.
  2. ^ "Michigan Writers Series". Michigan State University Libraries. Retrieved 2012-07-15.