Dan Chiasson

Dan Chiasson

Fellow: Awarded 2008
Field of Study: Poetry

Competition: US & Canada

Wellesley College

Dan Chiasson had his first book of poetry, The Afterlife of Objects, published in the University of Chicago’s noted Phoenix Poets Series in 2003, just one year after he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and had taken up a position as assistant professor of English at SUNY Stony Brook.  His second collection of poems, Natural History (Knopf, 2005), was selected as a New York Times Notable Book; Natural History and Other Poems (Bloodaxe Books), followed a year later.

Leaving his position at Stony Brook, Mr. Chiasson was a visiting assistant professor of English at Wellesley College for two years before accepting an assistant professorship there in 2007.  In addition to teaching, he is the poetry critic for The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books.  His book of American poetry criticism, One Kind of Everything: Poem and Person in Contemporary America, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2006. He received a Whiting Writers Award in 2004-05.

Where’s the Moon, There’s the Moon, his third book of poems, is forthcoming from Knopf.

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