Daniel Lusk


Burlington, VT 05401

Author's Bio

My recent poetry collection, THE VERMEER SUITE (Wind Ridge Books, 2015), features poems inspired by paintings of 17th Century master Johannes Vermeer. The book has beautiful prints of the paintings alongside the poems. Recent poetry also includes KIN (WRB, 2013), prompted by encounters with Vermont wildlife and fueled by folklore. Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain(2011) and a companion audiobook on CD, The Inland Sea, are based on discoveries of marine scientists, first-hand experience, interviews with divers, history and native lore that reveal mysteries of what lies beneath the surface of the lake. Shipwrecks, ancient fish, myth and legend inform these poems. (See website to read and listen.) Other books: KISSING THE GROUND: New & Selected Poems (1999. My work has appeared in Poetry, New Letters, Poetry Ireland, Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, North American Review, North Dakota Quarterly, South Dakota Review, Nimrod, The Southern Review, The Louisville Review, and many other literary journals. (See website also for a list of past readings, domestic and international.)

Publications & Prizes

180 More Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (Random House, 2005)
Onion River: Six Vermont Poets (Onion River, 1996)
The Vermeer Suite (Wind Ridge Books, 2015)
KIN (Wind Ridge Books, 2013)
Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain (Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 2011)
Kissing the Ground: New & Selected Poems (Onion River, 1999)
The Cow Wars (Nightshade Press, 1995)
Prizes won: 

Pushcart Prize 2016 for genre-bending essay "Bomb" (New Letters nomination); Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, Nimrod International Journal 2006. Grants for poetry from Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Arts Endowment, University of Vermont, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
What Is Left the Daughter by Howard Norman, My Immaculate Assassin by David Huddle, LaRose by Louise Erdrich

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Charles City
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Northern Iowa, IA
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Last update: Feb 24, 2020