Danielle Deulen

Author's Bio

Danielle Cadena Deulen is the author of three books and a chapbook: Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us (2015), which won the Barrow Street Book Contest; American Libretto (2015) which won the Sow’s Ear Chapbook Contest; The Riots (2011), which won the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction and the GLCA New Writers Award; and Lovely Asunder (2011), which won the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize and the Utah Book Award. She was a Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Creative Writing Institute. She has been the recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship, an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and three Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Awards. Her poems and essays have appeared in many journals, including The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, The Utne Reader, as well as several anthologies, including Best New Poets, and After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays. She lives in Oregon where she in an Associate Professor at Willamette University. She is co-creator and host of Vita Readings, a literary podcast, at vitareadings.com.

Publications and Prizes

Books: 
Lovely Asunder
(University of Arkansas Press, 2011)
, Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us
(Barrow Street Press, 2015)
, The Riots
(University of Georgia Press, 2011)
Chapbooks: 
American Libretto
(Sow's Ear Press, 2015)
Prizes Won: 
2018 Oregon Literary Fellowship, Oregon Literary Arts;  2017 Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Teaching & Research, Willamette University;  2014 Barrow Street Book Contest for Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us;  2014 The Sow’s Ear Poetry Chapbook Competition for American Libretto; 2014 Individual Excellence Award, Ohio Arts Council; 2012 Great Lakes Association New Writers Award for The Riots; 2011 Utah Book Award for Lovely Asunder; 2010 AWP Award Series in Creative Nonfiction for The Riots; 2010 Miller Williams Poetry Prize for Lovely Asunder; 2008 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

More Information

Listed as: 
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Raised in: 
Portland, OR
work_excerpt: 
Still Life with Flashing Lights /// Our limbs move us down the stairway. We've been sleeping. Our bodies are heavy and eyes sensitive to the early morning light, so we approach the scene in silence. Still, our mother presses her finger to her lips before we all descend the stairs, her broad face as tense as an electric wire. At the landing, the living room opens up to us--dark wood paneling walls, the couch with the autumn-colored ticking (orange and brown leaves curling in a matrix of yellow gold). At the farthest end of the room is a wall of dark, built-in shelves cluttered with books, none of which have been opened for years. To the right, two large windows are heavy eyed with half-drawn shades. Between the two windows, our front door is wide open, and our brother stands on the threshold--his brown eyes wide, biting the tips of his fingers. Opposite the door, against the wall, is a worn upright piano that's never been tuned, and beneath the piano stool is our father's unlaced boot, tongue lolling. All over the wood floor are splinters from the smashed coffee table. At the center of the room is our unconscious father, fully clothed, his limbs splayed out like those of a starfish. Police lights from the car outside flash through the window onto his still chest and face--his blue eyes shut behind their lids and his dark beard curling--a frayed blanket. We're afraid he's dead but more afraid that he'll rouse, so we have to be careful as we step over his legs toward the door. We move so slowly it's as if we aren't moving at all. Figures in a painting. Outside, just past my brother, a tall man in a blue uniform (hand placed lightly on his holstered gun) waves us toward our half-packed Chevy. We're going on another trip. Already I see how we'll return.
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Last updated: Oct 09, 2018