Dan Gerber

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Dan Gerber (born 1940[1] in western Michigan, United States) is an American poet.

Life and work[edit]

Dan Gerber Jr. is the son of Daniel Frank Gerber, founder of the Gerber Products Company. At age 26 he was made a Director on the Board of the company, and resigned when he turned 31. [2]

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.[3] 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.[4] Gerber currently lives in Santa Ynez Valley, California with his wife.[5]

Gerber's literary works have been recognized and highlighted at Michigan State University in their Michigan Writers Series.[6] His work has appeared in Narrative Magazine' Poetry, The New Yorker,The Massachusetts Review, The Nation, New Letters, and Best American Poetry'.[7]

His most recent book of poetry, Particles: New and Selected Poems [8], was published in 2017 by Copper Canyon Press.

Awards and honors[edit]

A Primer on Parallel Lives [10]received a Michigan Notable Book Award from The Library of Michigan in 2008.

Sailing through Cassiopeia [11] published by Copper Canyon Press won The Society of Midland Authors Award for poetry in 2013

Work selected for Best American Poetry 1999



  • Particles: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2017)
  • 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)

Short Stories[edit]

  • Grass Fires (1987)


  • A Second Life: A Collected Nonfiction (2001)
  • Indy: The World’s Fastest Carnival Ride (1977)


  1. ^ "Dan Gerber : The Poetry Foundation : Find Poems and Poets. Discover Poetry". The Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
  2. ^ Muson, Howard. The Reluctant Successor. Family Business Magazine October, 1990. [1] Accessed September 13, 2017
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ a b "Michigan Writers Collection: Dan Gerber". Lib.msu.edu. 2003-01-02. Archived from the original on August 13, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
  5. ^ "Key West Literary Seminar | 2010 | DanGerber". Kwls.org. Archived from the original on 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
  6. ^ "Michigan Writers Series". Michigan State University Libraries. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  7. ^ http://www.narrativemagazine.com/authors/dan-gerber
  8. ^ https://www.coppercanyonpress.org/pages/browse/book.asp?bg={0EEC31A0-4E7B-4B45-BC99-C111929F0833}
  9. ^ a b c Dan Gerber. "Michigan State University Press : Dan Gerber". Msupress.msu.edu. Archived from the original on 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
  10. ^ https://www.coppercanyonpress.org/pages/browse/book.asp?bg={06D5A055-6C86-42A4-BD55-8079C854F56D}
  11. ^ https://www.coppercanyonpress.org/pages/browse/book.asp?bg={8FB5517E-5BAE-4FFB-964A-9936FD8215A6}