Dan Chiasson

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Dan Chiasson

Dan Chiasson (/ˈsən/; born May 9, 1971[1] in Burlington, Vermont) is an American poet, critic, and journalist. The Sewanee Review called Chiasson "the country’s most visible poet-critic." He is the Lorraine C. Wang Professor of English Literature at Wellesley College.

Chiasson is the author of six books: The Afterlife of Objects (University of Chicago Press, 2002), Natural History (Alfred A. Knopf, 2005), One Kind of Everything: Poem and Person in Contemporary America (University of Chicago Press, 2007), Where's the Moon, There's the Moon (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010), Bicentennial (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014) and The Math Campers (Alfred A. Knopf, 2020).


Chiasson grew up in Burlington, Vermont, where he attended Mater Christi School and Rice Memorial High School. He graduated summa cum laude in Classics and English from Amherst College[2] (1993), and from Harvard University, where he received a Ph.D in English and was awarded the Whiting Foundation Award in the Humanities.

In addition to teaching ay Wellesley, Chiasson has been affiliated with Boston University's Master of Fine Arts program, with NYU's program in Paris, France, and with the Middlebury College Bread Load Environmental Conference in Ripton, Vt. He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons.

He is the poetry critic for The New Yorker, as well as a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, where he writes about poetry, pop music and film. He was the poetry editor (with Meghan O'Rourke) and later advisory editor, of the Paris Review.[3] His poems have been translated into many languages, including German by Jan Wagner. His "Natural History" was published as "Naturgeschichte" at Luxbooks, a publishing house focused on American poetry in bilingual editions. In the UK, he is published by Bloodaxe Books.

He is on the editorial board of the literary magazine The Common, based at Amherst College.[4]

Honors and awards[edit]


See also links in the External links section below.


  • Chiasson, Dan (2002). The afterlife of objects. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • — (2007). Natural history : poems. New York: Random House.
  • — (2010). Where's the moon, there's the moon : poems. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
  • — (2014). Bicentennial : poems. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
  • Hix, H. L., ed. (2008). New voices : contemporary poetry from the United States. Irish Pages.
List of poems
Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
From 'The Names of 1,001 Strangers' 2017 Chiasson, Dan (May 1, 2017). "From 'The Names of 1,001 Strangers'". The New Yorker. 93 (11): 38–39.
Obituary 2014 Chiasson, Dan (January 6, 2014). "Obituary". The New Yorker. 89 (43): 60.
Self 2000 Chiasson, Dan (July 24, 2000). "Self". The New Yorker. 76 (20): 40.
Swifts 2008 Chiasson, Dan (July 29, 2008). "Swifts". Poem. Slate.



  1. ^ Dan Chiasson at poets.org.
  2. ^ "Poet, Critic and Editor Dan Chiasson '93", Amherst College, 2009.
  3. ^ "Msthead", The Paris Review.
  4. ^ "About The Common".
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2009-09-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Wellesley’s Dan Chiasson Is Named a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow", Wellesley College, April 9, 2008.
  7. ^ Online version is titled "Poetry of a childhood lost".
  8. ^ Online version is titled "The great American poet of daily chores".
  9. ^ Online version is titled "Shane McRae's poems to America".
  10. ^ Online version is titled "The bittersweet poetry of 'Lima :: Limón'".

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