Dana Levin (poet)

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Dana Levin
Dana Levin, photo by Anne Staveley.jpg
Born 1965
Nationality American
Alma mater Pitzer College;
New York University.
Genre Poetry

Dana Levin (born 1965) is a poet and teaches Creative Writing each Fall at Maryville University in St. Louis, where she serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence. She also teaches in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


She earned degrees from Pitzer College and the Creative Writing Program at New York University.

Her first book, In the Surgical Theatre, was chosen by Louise Gluck for the 1999 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize (Copper Canyon Press); it went on to receive nearly every award available to first books and emerging poets.[citation needed] Copper Canyon brought out her second book, Wedding Day, in 2005 and her third, Sky Burial, in 2011. In reviewing Sky Burial, The New Yorker called it "utterly her own, and utterly riveting." The Los Angeles Times says of Levin's work, "Dana Levin's poems are extravagant...her mind keeps making unexpected connections and the poems push beyond convention...they surprise us." Her most recent book is Banana Palace [1](Copper Canyon Press, 2016).




  • Michael Dumanis, Cate Marvin, eds. (2006). Legitimate dangers: American poets of the new century. Sarabande Books. ISBN 978-1-932511-29-1. 
  • Joan Murray, eds. (2006). The Pushcart Book of Poetry. Pushcart Press. ISBN 978-1-888889-34-5. 
  • Gerald Costanzo, Jim Daniels, eds. (2000). American poetry: the next generation. Carnegie Mellon University Press. ISBN 978-0-88748-343-1. 


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