Daniel Lusk Bio

Daniel Lusk

Daniel Lusk is author of five collections of poetry. His most recent work is The Vermeer Suite (Wind Ridge, 2015), which features poems based on the masterpieces of 17th Century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer with full-color images of the works that inspired them. A new collection, “The Shower Scene from Hamlet,” is forthcoming in Spring 2017 from Salmon Poetry, Ireland.

Other poetry collections include KIN (Wind Ridge, 2013); Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain (Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 2011); a companion audiobook on CD, The Inland Sea: Reflections (LCMM, 2012); and Kissing the Ground: New & Selected Poems (Onion River, 1999).

Daniel’s published work also includes a memoir, Girls I Never Married; an experimental novel, O, Rosie; Homemade Poems: A Handbook for teaching poetry to children; an anthology, Onion River: Six Vermont Poets, and three early chapbooks. His work appears in dozens of literary journals and anthologies, among them New Letters, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Ireland Review, The Southern Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Chariton Review, American Poetry Review, The North American Review, The Café Review, and 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (Billy Collins, Editor.).

Winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, Daniel also received the Gertrude B. Claytor Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America for a poem on the American scene, a Pablo Neruda Poetry Award from Nimrod International Journal, and other awards. He has been awarded grants and literary fellowships from the Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Arts Endowment, the University of Vermont, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

He has been a Resident Fellow at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, Visiting Poet at Stranmillis University College-Queens in Belfast, N.I., and The Frost Place, Franconia. N.H., and Visiting Writer at Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA. He has presented readings of his work at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Smithsonian Institution, and Renwick Gallery (Washington, D.C.), and many other venues, among them state universities of Missouri, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota and Vermont. Following brief careers as a sports writer, jazz singer, and ranch hand, Daniel joined the National Endowment for the Arts Poets-in-the-schools Program, teaching workshops for children and teachers in more than 150 schools in South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. From 1978-83 his weekly radio commentaries on books (“Off the Wall”) were syndicated to 160 NPR affiliate stations nationwide.

Now a Senior Lecturer of English Emeritus at the University of Vermont, Daniel is available for poetry readings, workshops, and master classes for teachers.


Selected Readings & Workshops

  • Eigse Carlow Arts Festival, County Carlow, Ireland
  • Stranmillis University College, Belfast, N.I.
  • Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.
  • Renwick Gallery, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • The Frost Place, Franconia, NH
  • University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
  • Wexford Art Center, Wexford, Ireland
  • Champlain College, Burlington, VT
  • University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
  • Rider College, Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA
  • University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • College of Great Falls, Great Falls, MT
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Truman State University (formerly NE Mo. State), Kirksville, MO
  • University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
  • South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
  • Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, SD
  • Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD
  • Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD
  • Huron College, Huron, SD
  • South Dakota School of Mines, Rapid City, SD
  • Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA
  • Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • Central State University, Edmund, OK
  • Plattsburgh State University, Plattsburgh, NY
  • Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN
  • Casper College, Casper, WY
  • St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN (NEA PITS Conference)
  • University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • Hawaii International Arts & Humanities Conference, Honolulu, HI
  • Does not include more than 150 libraries, bookshops,
    schools and colleges in Vermont and elsewhere.