Kate Daniels was born in Richmond, Virginia. She was educated at the University of Virginia (B.A. and M.A. in English Literature) and Columbia University (M.F.A. School of the Arts). Her teaching career has taken her to the University of Virginia; the University of Massachusetts Amherst; Louisiana State University; Wake Forest University; Bennington College; and Vanderbilt University. Her first book of poetry, The White Wave (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1984), won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Her second volume, The Niobe Poems (University of Pittsburgh, 1988), received honorable mention for the Paterson Poetry Prize. Four Testimonies, her third volume, was selected by Dave Smith for his imprint Southern Messenger Series, published by LSU Press (1998). A fourth volume, A Walk in Victoria’s Secret, was published in 2010 in the same series. She was recently named the winner of the 2011 Hanes Award for Poetry by the Fellowship of Southern Writers for her work to date. Her poetry consistently explores aspects of gender-based and Southern working class experience, and has been described as “distinct in the general history of southern poetry in its devotion to recovering the urban, working-class South, presenting a vision of the literal and cultural poverty” of such lives."
Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, and have been the recipient of awards including the Best American Poetry 2010, edited by Amy Gerstler; the Best American Poetry 2008, edited by Charles Wright; the Crazyhorse Prize for Poetry; a Pushcart Prize, the Louisiana Literature Poetry Prize, and the James Dickey Prize from Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art. In 2003, she served as a judge for the National Book Award in Poetry. She has twice been selected to participate in the Lannan Poetry Foundation’s Readings & Conversations programs, with Philip Levine and Tony Hoagland.
Kate Daniels resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, and Director of Creative Writing. She has served as Poet in Residence at Duke University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is also on the writing faculty of the Washington (D.C.) Center for Psychoanalysis. She has been married to Geoff Macdonald, head coach of women's tennis at Vanderbilt, since 1986. They have three grown children.
- Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry, 2013-14
- Hanes Award for Poetry, Fellowship of Southern Writers, 2011
- Library of Virginia Prize for Poetry, Honorable Mention, 2011
- Lannan Foundation Writers Residency Fellowship, 2009 Lannan Foundation
- Best American Poetry of 2010
- Best American Poetry of 2008
- Pushcart Prize
- Crazyhorse Prize for Poetry
- Louisiana Literature Poetry Prize
- James Dickey Prize
- Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
- Bunting Fellowship, Harvard University
- A Walk in Victoria's Secret. Louisiana State University Press. 2010. ISBN 978-0-8071-3706-2.
- Four Testimonies. Louisiana State University Press. 1998. ISBN 978-0-8071-2260-0.
- The Niobe Poems. University of Pittsburgh Press. 1988. ISBN 978-0-8229-3596-4.
- The White Wave. University of Pittsburgh Press. 1984. ISBN 978-0-8229-3493-6.
- Kate Daniels & Richard Jones, editors (1982). Beacon Press. ISBN 0-8070-6361-4.
- Kate Daniels, ed. (1992). Out of Silence: Selected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser. Northwestern University Press. ISBN 978-0-8101-5015-7.
- Turner, Daniel Cross. "Kate Daniels (1953– )". Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
- Daniel Cross Turner. “New Fugitives: Contemporary Poets of Countermemory and the Futures of Southern Poetry.” The Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures. Special Issue on Southern Poetry. 58: 1-2 (Winter-Spring 2004-2005): 315-345.
- A Conversation: Mark Jarman and Kate Daniels,” Atlanta Review (Volume VII, Number 1, Fall-Winter 2000), pp. 14-25.
- “Biographies and Moderation: Dialogue with Kate Daniels and Philip Levine,” interviewed by Craig Watson. Vanderbilt Review (Volume XI, 1995), pp. 121–144.
- "From a Once Young Feminist: Remembering Adrienne Rich," in Women's Review of Books (July/August 2012). http://www.wcwonline.org/Women-s-Review-of-Books-July/Aug-2012/from-a-once-young-feminist-remembering-adrienne-rich
- "Three Birthday Boys and a Transit of Venus," from Best American Poetry Blog, Guest Blogger June 4–10, 2012. http://blog.bestamericanpoetry.com/the_best_american_poetry/2012/06/three-birthday-boys-and-a-transit-of-venus-by-kate-daniels.html
- “Interview with Kate Daniels,” interviewed by Charlotte Pence. Chapter 16 (November 15, 2010). http://www.chapter16.org/content/writing-world
- Southern Literary Review: http://southernlitreview.com/authors/who-influenced-award-winning-poet-kate-daniels.htm
- Encyclopedia Virginia: http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Daniels_Kate_1953-
- Vanderbilt University: http://sitemason.vanderbilt.edu/site/jo89KU
- Kate Daniels' "The Pedicure" in Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts
- Cortland Review (winter 2009). http://www.cortlandreview.com/features/09/winter/daniels.htm
- "Original & Unorthodox: Ten Religious Poems Worth Knowing," http://www.poetryfoundation.org/journal/article.html?id=178954
- "Interview of Tony Hoagland", Lannan podcast
- Image Artist of the Month. http://imagejournal.org/page/artist-of-the-month/kate-daniels
- "Kate Daniels", Penn Sound