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Former "Ploughshares" poetry editor David Daniel to present Endowed English Reading April 9 at Whitworth

March 24, 2010
David Daniel, former poetry editor of the literary journal Ploughshares and current director of the undergraduate creative writing program at Fairleigh-Dickinson University, in Madison, N.J., is Whitworth's Endowed English Reader for 2010. Daniel will read from his works on Friday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University. A book sale and reception will follow the reading. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3253.

Daniel, whom Harold Bloom once called "an authentic heir to Hart Crane," is a faculty member in Fairleigh-Dickinson University's low-residency MFA program as well as the director of the undergraduate creative writing program, where he founded The Words and Music Festival. The festival is a celebration of songwriting, poetry and the arts, and it has featured guests such as Bruce Springsteen, Rosanne Cash, John Wesley Harding, Dave Marsh, Rick Moody, Robert Pinsky, David Gates, and Jonathan Demme. For more than 10 years, Daniel served as the poetry editor for Ploughshares, and he previously taught literature and poetry writing at Emerson College, in Boston.

Daniel's first full-length poetry collection, Seven-Star Bird (Graywolf Press, 2003), won the Levis Reading Prize. His second book, Crash and Other Assorted Love Songs (Graywolf Press, forthcoming), explores the relation of rock music and the history of poetry. Several poems from that collection will be featured in The American Poetry Review. His poems have also appeared in journals such as AGNI, Witness, The Literary Review, LILT, Poetry East, Antioch Review and Post Road. His essays and reviews have been published in venues such as The Harvard Review, Ploughshares, Boston Review, The Writer's Chronicle and The Journal of Country Music. He has received degrees from Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Virginia, where he was a Hoynes Fellow.

The English Readings Endowment was established to bring nationally recognized writers to the Whitworth campus and the greater Spokane area. During their time on campus and in the community, visiting writers offer classroom visits, workshops, meetings with students and faculty, and literary readings.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,700 students, offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Doug Sugano, professor of English, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4212 or

Annie Stillar, program assistant, English department, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3253 or

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