Daniel Lusk

161 Austin Drive #107Burlington, VT 05401

Author's Bio

My new poetry collection, KIN (Wind Ridge Books, 2013) features work inspired by encounters with wildlife and fueled by folklore. Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain(2011) and a companion audiobook on CD, The Inland Sea, offer imaginative work based on discoveries of archeologists and other 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.) Recent books also include Kissing the Ground: New & Selected Poems (1999) and Onion River: Six Vermont Poets (1996). My poems have appeared in Poetry, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, North American Review, North Dakota Quarterly, The Cafe Review, Nimrod, The Southern Review, Pinch, and many other literary journals. (See website also for a list of past readings, domestic and international.)

Publications and Prizes


Kissing the Ground: New & Selected Poems
(Onion River,
Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain
(Lake Champlain Maritime Museum,


The Cow Wars
(Nightshade Press,


180 More Extraordinary Poems for Every Day
(Random House,
O Taste and See: Food Poems
(Bottom Dog Press,
The Breath of Parted Lips II
(CavanKerry Press,
Onion River: Six Vermont Poets
(Onion River,


Painted Bride Quarterly
American Poetry Review
New Letters
North American Review
Prairie Schooner
North Dakota Quarterly
Iowa Review
Hayden's Ferry Review
Laurel Review
Southern Poetry Review
The Southern Review
The Pinch
Beloit Poetry Journal
The Comstock Review
Chariton Review
Passages North
Kansas Quarterly
Off the Coast
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.

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Charles City, IA
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Northern Iowa, IA

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
In Beauty Bright by Gerald Stern, Blacksnake at the Family Reunion by David Huddle, Progress on the Subject of Immensity by Leslie Ullman, Owl by Desmond Morris
Favorite Books:
Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates The Great Fires Glory River The Spell of the Sensuous Picnic Lightning In the Next Galaxy
Favorite Authors:
Robert Bly Tom Robbins Ruth Stone Sandra Alcosser Jack Gilbert Billy Collins Ted Kooser Angela Patten David Huddle Gerald Stern Stephen Dunn

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Listing last updated: June 30, 2014.

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