Visiting Writer Series Welcomes Jim Daniels on March 29-30



The Visiting Writers Series at Kalamazoo Valley Community College presents author Jim Daniels on Wednesday March 29 and Thursday, March 30 in the Student Commons Theater, room 4240. He'll read from his work both days from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Craft talks will run from 2:15-3 p.m. both days.

Daniels has taught creative writing at Carnegie Mellon since 1981. Poetry, fiction, and screenwriting are his primary research and teaching interests. Recent books include Rowing Inland (2017), Birth Marks (2013), and Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry (2011), poetry; Eight Mile High (2014), and Trigger Man, short fiction 2011). He has written four produced screenplays, including, most recently, “The End of Blessings.” 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 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.

At Carnegie Mellon, he received the Ryan Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Mark Gelfand Service Award for Educational Outreach, the Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Teaching and Educational Service, and a Faculty Service Award from the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association.

Kalamazoo Valley’s “About Writing” series is organized by instructor Rob Haight and offers students the opportunity to talk with professional writers and listen to their work.

For more information about the series, see the Visiting Writers web page at or contact Rob Haight, or 269.488.4452.