Danielle Cadena Deulen

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Willamette University, English Dept. 900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301

Author's Bio

Danielle Cadena Deulen is a essayist, poet and podcast host. She 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 served as the 2007-2008 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been the recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship, The Renjen Prize for Faculty Excellence, 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 ReviewThe Kenyon ReviewThe Utne Reader, as well as several anthologies, including Best New Poets, and After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays. She is co-creator and host of "Lit from the Basement,” a literary podcast. She lives in Oregon where she in an Associate Professor at Willamette University. 

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

The Riots (University of Georgia Press, 2011)


Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us (Barrow Street Press, 2015)
Lovely Asunder (University of Arkansas Press, 2011)
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.

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Portland, OR
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Last update: May 16, 2019