Michael Daley

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

14172 Madrona Drive
Anacortes, WA 98221

Author's Bio

Michael Daley was born in Boston, is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and has an MFA from U. W. In 1976 he was the founding editor of Empty Bowl press in Port Townsend. In 1983 Gary Snyder called his first collection of poetry, The Straits, “Superb, elegant poetically and fresh with the Northwest world.” His chapbooks include: Horace: Eleven Odes, translations published by Sam & Sally Green at Brooding Heron Press, and Rosehip Plum Cherry published by Paul Hunter of Woodworks in Seattle. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Hudson Review, Alaskan Quarterly Review, Raven Chronicles, Seattle Review, and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. He has received several grants and awards, but his favorite was a Fulbright teacher exchange that allowed him and his family to spend a year living in Hungary. In 2007 he published Way Out There: Lyrical Essays with Pleasure Boat Studio of New York. In 2008 To Curve came out from Word Press in Cincinnati, and in February Pleasure Boat released Moonlight in the Redemptive Forest, including “Frankie the Milkman’s Song & Other Poems,” a CD funded by a grant from Artist Trust with music arranged and performed by Brad Killion.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Way Out There: Lyrical Essays (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2007)
In Our Hearts & Minds: a Dalmo'ma Anthology of Northwest Writing about Central America (Empty Bowl Press, 1985)


Of a Feather (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2016)
Alter Mundus (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2013)
Moonlight in the Redemptive Forest (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2010)
To Curve (Word Press, 2008)
The Straits (Pleasure Boat Studio, 1983)
Rosehip Plum Cherry (Wood Works Press, 2002)
Original Sin (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2000)
Journals: , , ,
Switched on Gutenberg
Prizes won: 

Seattle Arts Commission, Bumpershoot, Fessenden Foundation, National Endowment of Humanities, Fulbright, Artist Trust

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Narrow Roads to Far Places by Basho

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
Celtic American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers
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Born in: 
Boston, MA
Raised in: 
Dorchester, MA
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Last update: May 03, 2019