Associate Professor of Creative Writing; Director of Creative Writing BA; Director of Creative Writing and Literature for Educators MA
School of the Arts




  • BA, Vanderbilt University
  • MA, Johns Hopkins University
  • MFA, University of Virginia


  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Music and Poetry
  • Ways of Seeing: Advanced Poetry Writing


  • Music
  • Popular Culture
  • Comparative Religion and Literature
  • Creativity and Neuroscience

Academic Profile

David Daniel’s book, Seven-Star Bird, won the Larry Levis Reading Prize for the best first or second poetry book of the year, and his most recent book, Ornaments, inspired poet Tom Sleigh to write, â?oNo one in any generation is writing poems like these: smart, visceral, and immensely pleasurable to read. Called by Harold Bloom, ‘an authentic heir to Hart Crane’, his new book, What Love Is, will come out in an illuminated hardcover edition in the fall of 2023. Daniel was the poetry editor of Ploughshares for more than a decade while teaching at Emerson College. He directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is also the creator and producer of  FDU’s WAMFest: The Words, Art, and Music Festival. WAMFest has been celebrated for its progressive arts programming by the National Endowment for the Arts and has featured Bruce Springsteen, Robert Pinsky, Chuck D, Rosanne Cash, Talib Kweli, Neil Gaiman, and dozens of the most important artists and writers of our time.


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