Kate Daniels was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. The daughter of a British War bride of WWII, she was a first generation college student, educated at the University of Virginia (B.A. and M.A. in English Literature) and Columbia University (M.F.A. School of the Arts). At the beginning of her career, she was a Bunting Fellow at Harvard University, researching the life and poetry of Muriel Rukeyser. Over the years, her teaching career has taken her to the University of Virginia; the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Louisiana State University; Wake Forest University; Bennington College; and Vanderbilt University, where she is the Edwin Mims Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing.
Her first book of poetry, The White Wave (Pittsburgh, 1984), won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Her second volume, The Niobe Poems (Pittsburgh, 1988), received honorable mention for the Paterson Poetry Prize. Her third and fourth volumes, Four Testimonies (1998), and A Walk in Victoria’s Secret (2010), were selected by Dave Smith for the Southern Messenger Series, published by LSU Press. LSU will publish her fifth collection, Reading a Biography of Thomas Jefferson in the Months of My Son’s Recovery, in the spring of 2019. A sixth collection of chapbook length, Three Syllables Describing Addiction, will be published in the fall of 2018 by Bull City Press. While still in graduate school, Daniels was one of the founding editors of Poetry East. She has also edited two books, including Of Solitude and Silence: Writings on Robert Bly (Beacon Press, coeditor), and Out of Silence: Selected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser (TriQuarterly)
Daniels’ poems are collected in more than seventy anthologies, including The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women (Columbia University); Twentieth Century American Poetry (Chadwyck-Healey); Longman Anthology of Women’s Literature (Longman); Literature, Class, and Culture: An Anthology (Longman); The Made Thing: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern Poetry (University of Arkansas); Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (Oxford University); Hard Lines: Rough Southern Poetry (University of South Carolina Press); Working Classics: Poems on Industrialization (University of Illinois Press); and Bared: Poems of Bras and Breasts (Les Femmes Folles Press). Individual poems have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, and have been the recipient of awards, including the Hanes Award for Poetry, from the Fellowship of Southern Writers; the Best American Poetry 2010, edited by Amy Gerstler; the Best American Poetry 2008, edited by Charles Wright; the Crazyhorse Prize for Poetry; the Pushcart Prize, the Louisiana Literature Poetry Prize, and the James Dickey Prize from Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art. In 2003, she served as a judge for the National Book Award in Poetry. In 2013, she was a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry. In 2015, she was elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers.
Kate Daniels is the author of six collections of poetry, including the forthcoming, In the Months of My Son’s Recovery (LSU 2019). A former Guggenheim Fellow in poetry, she teaches at Vanderbilt University where she directs the creative writing program. Daniels lives in Nashville.
Five Points (December 2017). PDF.
WBEZ 91.5 Chicago (2013)
Poet Kate Daniels Remembers Her Delicious Baby Girl
Affording the MFA (2013)
Interview with Kate Daniels, Vanderbilt University
Nashville Scene (2011)
Kate Daniels Talks about Her New Poetry Collection…
Southern Literary Review (2011)
Who Influenced Award-winning Poet, Kate Daniels?
Atlanta Review ( 2000)
A Conversation: Mark Jarman and Kate Daniels
Volume VII, Number 1, Fall-Winter 2000.
Southbound: Interviews with Southern Poets (1999)
University of Missouri Press
Biographies and Moderation: Dialogue with Kate Daniels and Philip Levine
Interviewed by Craig Watson.
Vanderbilt Review (Volume XI, 1995), pp. 121–144.