Author Jim Daniels Reads from his Published Works
Jim Daniels, an accomplished writer and teacher, is primarily a poet, though he also writes fiction and plays. Much of his poetry gives voice to the troubles and hopes of blue-collar workers in Detroit automobile factories.
Daniels, a 1978 graduate of Alma College, returns to his alma mater to read from his published works at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 in the Andison Reading Area of the Alma College Library.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Daniels’ recent works include Trigger Man, a collection of short stories that earned a Midwest Book Award, and two poetry collections: Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry and All of the Above. All were published in 2011.
“His poems are accessible yet artistic,” says William Palmer, professor of English at Alma College. “Most people don't like poetry much, but if they read Jim's poems, they'd likely change their minds. He has a gift of expressing the inexpressible in ways that people feel and understand."
In 2010, Daniels wrote and produced the independent film "Mr. Pleasant,” his third produced screenplay, which has appeared in more than a dozen film festivals across the country. He also wrote From Milltown to Malltown, a collaborative book with photographs of Homestead, Penn.
Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac," Billy Collins' “Poetry 180” anthologies, and Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry" series have featured Daniels’ poems. In addition, his poems have appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies.
He has received the Paterson Award for Literary Excellence, Independent Publisher’s Best Poetry Gold Medal, the Brittingham Prize for Poetry, the Tillie Olsen Prize, the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
A member of the creative writing faculty at Carnegie Mellon University since 1981, Daniels has received the Ryan Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Teaching and Educational Service.
A native of Detroit, Daniels lives in Pittsburgh with his family.
Posted: Fri, September 21st, 2012 at 3:30PM