Life and work
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. 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. Gerber currently lives in Santa Ynez Valley, California with his wife.
Gerber's literary works have been recognized and highlighted at Michigan State University in their Michigan Writers Series. His work has appeared in Narrative Magazine' Poetry, The New Yorker,The Massachusetts Review, The Nation, New Letters, and Best American Poetry'.
Awards and honors
- Michigan Author Award (1992) 
- Poem My Father's Fields included in The Best American Poetry 1999 
- Trying to Catch the Horses received the Gold Award in the 2000 Book of the Year Awards by ForeWord magazine.
- Mark Twain Award for distinguished contributions to Midwestern literature (2001) 
A Primer on Parallel Lives received a Michigan Notable Book Award from The Library of Michigan in 2008.
Sailing through Cassiopeia  published by Copper Canyon Press won The Society of Midland Authors Award for poetry in 2013
Work selected for Best American Poetry 1999
- "The Rain Poured Down"; "Doing Nothing"; "Christmas Eve 1944"; "A Star at Dawn, a Bubble in a Stream", Birthdays of Poets
- Particles: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2012)
- 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)
- Grass Fires (1987)
- A Second Life: A Collected Nonfiction (2001)
- Indy: The World’s Fastest Carnival Ride (1977)
- "Dan Gerber : The Poetry Foundation : Find Poems and Poets. Discover Poetry". The Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
- Muson, Howard. The Reluctant Successor. Family Business Magazine October, 1990.  Accessed September 13, 2017
- "Michigan State University Press | Sumac Reader, a Limited Numbered Edition, Signed by Jim Harrison, Dan Gerber, and Joseph Bednarik | Joseph Bednarik". Msupress.msu.edu. Archived from the original on 2010-02-13. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
- "Michigan Writers Collection: Dan Gerber". Lib.msu.edu. 2003-01-02. Archived from the original on August 13, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
- "Key West Literary Seminar | 2010 | DanGerber". Kwls.org. Archived from the original on 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
- "Michigan Writers Series". Michigan State University Libraries. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
- Dan Gerber. "Michigan State University Press : Dan Gerber". Msupress.msu.edu. Archived from the original on 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2009-11-14.