Monday, March 23, 2015

Michigander Monday: Jim Daniels

I'm pleased to welcome Jim Daniels to Michigander Monday!

Debbie:  Jim, please tell us a little about yourself.

Jim:  I was born in Detroit in 1956 and grew up in Warren. Graduated from Alma College, then Bowling Green State University for grad school. I have been teaching at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where I am the Thomas Stockham Baker University Professor of English, since 1981.

Debbie:  And, of course, we want to know all about your books.

Jim:  My fourteenth book of poems, Birth Marks, was published by BOA Editions in 2013 and was selected as a Michigan Notable Book, winner of the Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award, and received the Gold Medal in Poetry in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. My fifth book of short fiction, Eight Mile High, was published by Michigan State University Press in 2014 and also was selected as a Michigan Notable Book. Other recent books include Trigger Man: More Tales of the Motor City, fiction, (Winner, Midwest Book Award), Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry, (Poetry Gold Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards), and All of the Above, all published in 2011. In 2010, I wrote and produced the independent film Mr. Pleasant, my third produced screenplay, which appeared in a number of film festivals across the country, and From Milltown to Malltown (a collaborative book with photographs of Homestead, PA, by Charlee Brodsky), was published. My 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. My poem "Factory Love" is displayed on the roof of a race car. I have received 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 from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. My poems have appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies.

Debbie:  Other books or projects on the horizon?

Jim:  Apology to the Moon, a chapbook of poems from BatCat Press, will appearing later in 2015, and my next film, The End of Blessings, is in postproduction.

Debbie:  Upcoming appearances?

Jim:  At the Wayne Public Library at 6:30pm on Tuesday May 26:

Wayne Public Library
3737 S. Wayne Road
Wayne, MI 48184

And at the Southfield Public Library on Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30pm in the Auditorium:

Southfield Public Library
26300 Evergreen Rd.
Southfield, MI 48076

Debbie:  Do you have a favorite Michigan bookstore?

Jim:  Landmark Books in Traverse City

Debbie:  How about a favorite place in Michigan?

Jim:  Well, it used to be Tiger Stadium….

Debbie:  Do you have a Michigan event or happening that you love to attend?

Jim:  The hydroplane races on the Detroit River

Debbie:  Something you'd like a non-Michigander to know about Michigan?

Jim:  You cannot see across the Great Lakes. They are big.

Debbie:  Last question.  Some folks in Michigan refer to themselves as Michiganders, others as Michiganians. For our ongoing vote tally, which is the better term: Michigander or Michiganian?

Jim:  Michigander, of course.

Debbie:  Jim, we'll add you to the Michigander column.  Thank you so much for joining us for Michigander Monday!

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