Jim Daniels at Wilkes U

The other day, while blogging about some local literary events going on in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre one, I forgot to mention one, and it’s a good one.

Poet Jim Daniels will be reading at Wilkes University, Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Kirby Salon.  The event is free. Here’s a brief bio of Daniels:

Daniels has been teaching creative writing at Carnegie Mellon since 1981. His recent books include Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry, and All of the Above, poetry; and Trigger Man, short fiction. Street, a book of his poems accompanying the photographs of Charlee Brodsky, won the Tillie Olsen Prize from the Working-Class Studies Association. In addition, he has edited or co-edited four anthologies, including Letters to America: Contemporary American Poetry on Race, and American Poetry: The Next Generation. His poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “Writer’s Almanac,” in Billy Collins’ Poetry 180 anthologies, and Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” series.

Daniels has received the Brittingham Prize for Poetry, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His poems have appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies.

This marks the second time in less than a year that Daniels has read in NEPA. Last April, he read at Keystone College. If you like working-class, narrative poetry, then I recomend catching Daniels Thursday night. He is a fine poet and a good reader, too.


Jim Daniels Reading at Keystone College

The string of literary events in NEPA continues. Poet/prose writer Jim Daniels will read at Keystone College this Thursday at 7 p.m. in Evans Hall. The reading is free and open to the public.  Since 1981, Daniels has been on the faculty of the creative writing program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he is the Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English. Daniels won the inaugural Brittingham Prize in Poetry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He was educated at Alma College and Bowling Green State University.

Samples of Daniels’ work can be found using a simple Google search, but here is a link to his poem “Dim,” republished by The Poetry Foundation, and another link to his short story “Et Tu,” recently published by the journal PANK.