Daisy Fried

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Daisy Fried (born 1967, Ithaca, New York) is an American poet.[1]


Fried graduated from Swarthmore College in 1989.[2]

Her work has appeared in The London Review of Books,The Nation,[3] Poetry, The New Republic,[4] American Poetry Review, Antioch Review,[5] Threepenny Review,[6] Triquarterly.[7]

She teaches creative writing in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, and has taught creative writing as the Grace Hazard Conkling Poet-in-Residence at Smith College,[8] at Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College, Villanova University, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, the low-residency MFA program at Warren Wilson College and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She has written prose about poetry for Poetry,[9] The New York Times[10] and The Threepenny Review[11] and has been a blogger for Harriet, the blog of the Poetry Foundation.

She lives with her husband, Jim Quinn, a writer[12][13][14] (not the radio talk show host), and their daughter, in Philadelphia.[15]


  • 2009 Poetry magazine Editor's Prize for best feature article in the past year for "Sing God-Awful Muse"
  • 2007 Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Awards for My Brother is Getting Arrested Again
  • 2006 Guggenheim Fellow
  • 2004 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University
  • 1999 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, for She Didn't Mean to Do It
  • 1998 Pew Fellowships in the Arts
  • Cohen Award from Ploughshares
  • Pushcart Prize
  • Pennsylvania Council in the Arts Fellowship



Poems Online


  • Billy Collins, ed. (2003). Poetry 180: a turning back to poetry. Random House Trade Paperbacks. ISBN 978-0-8129-6887-3. 
  • Ed Ochester, ed. (2007). American poetry now: Pitt poetry series anthology. University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 978-0-8229-4310-5. 
  • Sheila Coghill, Thom Tammaro, eds. (2003). Visiting Walt: poems inspired by the life & work of Walt Whitman. University of Iowa Press. ISBN 978-0-87745-854-8. 



"Is Women's Poetry a masterpiece? It surely locates Fried among the masterful American poets of her generation." Jason Guriel on Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice in PN Review.[16]<

"Vivid...biting...hilarious..." Matthew Brennan on Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice in the New York Times.[17]

"The satirical tone here is delicious and the social observation is shrewd...Fried's deftly colloquial surfaces are deceptively charming, often sweetening the bitter with comedy but never denying bitterness."—Sandra Gilbert on My Brother is Getting Arrested Again, Poetry, February 2007.

"A clear-headed refusal to paper over the weaknesses and foolishnes of human beings runs through this book...Fried manages to balance keen, even savage social criticism with an underlying generosity."—Jeff Gundy on My Brother is Getting Arrested Again, Georgia Review, Winter 2007.

"Fried...crystallizes our American moment with candor and precision." —-Fred Muratori on My Brother is Getting Arrested Again, Boston Review, November/December 2006.

The painter Jane Freilicher once remarked of her friend John Ashbery that he appeared to have “stepped in the fame shit.” This seems to be the case also with Fried, who is on a prize-winning streak, having claimed the Pew Fellowship, the Hodder Fellowship, the Agnes Lynch Starrett prize, the Pushcart, Ploughshares’ Cohen Award, and most recently the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith College. Bully for her. And may her well-deserved good fortune stop no one from sneaking a look at her work; who couldn’t use the feeling of being alive you’ll find there?[18]


  1. ^ "Biography of Daisy Fried". American Poems - Your Poetry Site. Gunnar Bengtsson. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  2. ^ "Margaret Daisy Fried". Philadelphia Project. WHYY. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  3. ^ "Women's Poetry - Daisy Fried". Books & the Arts. The Nation. June 22, 2009. Retrieved 2014-06-28. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ Fried, Daisy (August 13, 2008). "Midnight Feeding". The New Republic. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  5. ^ "All Fiction Issue: The Bridge Playing Ladies". THE ANTIOCH REVIEW. Antioch College. Winter 2003. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  6. ^ Fried, Daisy (Spring 2007). "Stolen Vehicle Discovered at the Junkyard". The Three Penny Review. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  7. ^ Fried, Daisy (January 1, 2005). "Jubilate south Philly: city fourteen.(Poem)". HighBeam Research. Cengage Learning. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  8. ^ "Daisy Fried". *Poetry Center and Smith College. Smith College. Fall 2005. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090109134845/http://poetrymagazine.org/webexclusive/essay_fried.html. Archived from the original on January 9, 2009. Retrieved August 26, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Fried, Daisy (July 13, 2008). "Verse Cities". Sunday Book Review. The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  11. ^ Fried, Daisy (Summer 2002). "Hard-Won Innocence, Alice Neel, an exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, February 18–April 15, 2001". The Three Penny Review. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  12. ^ Quinn, Jim (2004). Shoot Me Like an Irish Soldier. Pudding House Publications. ISBN 978-1-58998-272-7. 
  13. ^ Quinn, Jim (August 14–21, 1997). "Phillyspeak". (Philadelphia) CityPaper. Archived from the original on 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  14. ^ "Quinn". Creative Writing Alumni. Temple University College of Liberal Arts. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  15. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110715101740/http://www.poetrymagazine.com/archives/2006/Spr006/Features/dfried.html. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved August 26, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "PN Review Online - DAISY FRIED, Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice (University of Pittsburgh Press) US$15.95 Jason Guriel - PN Review 215". Pnreview.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  17. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/14/books/review/womens-poetry-by-daisy-fried-and-more.html?_r=0
  18. ^ http://www.constantcritic.com/jordan_davis/my_brother_is_getting_arrested_again/

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