Daniel Tobin

PROFESSOR

DEPARTMENT OF WRITING, LITERATURE & PUBLISHING

B.A. Iona College
M.T.S. Harvard University
M.F.A. Warren Wilson College
Ph.D. University of Virginia

http://www.danieltobin.org

Contact Information

Office: Ansin 1309
Phone: 8234
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Daniel Tobin is the author of seven books of poems, Where the World is Made, Double Life, The Narrows, Second Things, Belated Heavens (winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry, 2011) The Net (2014), and From Nothing (2016), along with the critical studies and Passage to the Center and Awake in America. He is the editor of The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present, The Selected Poems and Lola Ridge, and Poet's Work, Poet's Play: Essays on the Practice and the Art. Blood Labors, his eighth book of poems, will be published in 2018, as will The Stone In the Air, his adaptations from the poetry of Paul Celan. 

Among his awards are the "The Discovery/The Nation Award," The Robert Penn Warren Award, the Robert Frost Fellowship, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize, and creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

His poems have appeared nationally and internationally in such journals as The Nation, The New Republic, The Harvard Review, Poetry, The American Scholar, The Paris Review, The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, The Hudson Review, DoubleTake, The Kenyon Review, Image, The Times Literary Supplement (England), Stand (England), Agenda (England), Descant (Canada) and Poetry Ireland Review. HIs essays on poetry have appeared widely in books and periodicals on both sides of the Atlantic.  

His critical study, Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney, came out to wide praise from the University of Kentucky Press in 1999. Awake in America is widely regarded as the definitive study of irish American poetry. Tobin has also edited The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007), Light in the Hand: The Selected Poems Lola Ridge (Quale Press, 2007), and (with Pimone Triplett) Poet's Work, Poet's Play: Essays on the Practice and the Art (University of Michigan Press, 2007). 

His work has been widely anthologized in such venues as Hammer and Blaze, The Bread Loaf Anthology of New American Poets, Poetry Daily Essentials 2007, Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn, Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll, The Norton Introduction to Poetry, and The Best American Poetry 2012. He has also published numerous essays on modern and contemporary poetry in the United States and abroad.
Photo credit: Star Black

Where the World is Made Cover Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney Cover Light Irish Tobin Second Tobin Heavens Awake In America by Daniel Tobin The Net - Tobin From Nothing


Publications

  • 1999
  • Passage to the Center

  • 1999
  • Passage to the Center

  • 2004
  • Double Life

  • 2005
  • The Narrows

  • 2007
  • Poet's Work, Poet's Play: Essays on the Practice and the Art

  • 2007
  • The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century tothe Present

  • 2007
  • Light in Hand: Selected Early Poems of Lola Ridge

  • 2008
  • Second Things

  • 2010
  • Belated Heavens

  • 2011
  • Awake in America

  • 2014
  • The Net

  • 2016
  • From Nothing


Creative Works

  • 1999
  • Where the World is Made

  • 2004
  • Double Life

  • 2005
  • The Narrows

  • 2008
  • Second Things

  • 2010
  • Belated Heavens

  • 2014
  • The Net

  • 2016
  • From Nothing

  • 2016
  • Over 400 published poems and translations.

  • 2018
  • The Stone in the Air

  • 2018
  • The Stone in the Air

  • 2018
  • Blood Labors


Awards & Honors

  • 1995
  • Discovery / The Nation AWard in Poetry

  • 1996
  • National Endowment for the Arts Award in Poetry

  • 1998
  • Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize in Poetry

  • 1999
  • Robert Frost Fellowship

  • 2000
  • Greensboro Review Prize

  • 2002
  • Robert Penn Warren Award

  • 2008
  • Outstanding Book 2008 The Book Of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century tot he Present 

  • 2009
  • Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry

  • 2011
  • Arthur Loftus Award for Outstanding Achievment in Arts and Letters

  • 2011
  • Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry


Expertise

Poetry