Dan Szczesny

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet

Author's Bio

Dan Szczesny is a long-time journalist, author and speaker living in New Hampshire. He’s written several books of travel memoir (The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie, Mosquito Rain, The Nepal Chronicles), fiction (Sing and Other Stories) and poetry (Invincible One, Poems). Dan is also the Editor of Murder Ink, a series of New England-based Pulp Fiction anthologies set in or around the newsroom. Volume Three is set for release in Feb. 2018. Dan’s latest project is The White Mountain - Dan will spend a year exploring the very heart of the White Mountains. But Mt. Washington—home of the world’s worst weather—is more than just a Rock Pile, it’s the cultural and natural soul of climbers and tourists from around the world. From car races to bird watching, from bikes to motorcycles, from the railroad to the stars to a centuries old observatory, Mt. Washington speaks to the adventurer in all of us, and Dan plans on turning his veteran journalist’s eye toward capturing it all in his new book, The White Mountain (available spring, 2018). Dan began his career in Buffalo, New York. Since then, he has written for a wide variety of regional and national publications, including the Main Line Times, Philadelphia Weekly, Christian Science Monitor, Princeton Packet, Pennsylvania Magazine, all4woman,com, Yahoo! Parenting and Huffington Post.

He’s a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s 4,000-footer club and has written extensively about the outdoors and hiking. He has camped in the Grand Canyon, hiked England’s Coast to Coast Trail and trekked to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

The Nepal Chronicles: Marriage, Mountains and Momos in the Highest Place on Earth (Hobblebush Books, 2015)
The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie (Bondcliff Books, 2013)


Sing and Other Short Stories (Hobblebush Books, 2015)
Prizes won: 

NH State Library 2016 state library award for Outstanding Work of Non-Fiction: The Nepal Chronicles; The New Hampshire Writers' Project 2016 People's Choice Awrd for Non-Fiction: The Nepal Chronicles; The 2017 Ernest Hemingway Foundation Short Shorts Contest finalist for "White Like Marble," out of the Hemingway Birthplace in Oak Park, Ill.


Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Peter Matthiessen, Bill Bryson, Nathaniel Philbrick, Joyce Carol Oates

More Information

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Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Seniors, Veterans
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Born in: 
Buffalo, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Buffalo, NY
New York
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Last update: Jul 28, 2017