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Kate Daniels

Professor Emerita
Edwin Mims Professor of English

Kate Daniels received her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.  She is the author of six collections of poetry: The White Wave, The Niobe Poems, Four Testimonies, A Walk in Victoria’s SecretThree Syllables Describing Addiction (2018) and In the Months of My Son’s Recovery (2019). The White Wave received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry. Among her honors are the Bunting Fellowship at Harvard (now known as the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study); the Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry; two Best American Poetry selections; the Pushcart Prize; and election to the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Her poems have been anthologized in more than seventy five volumes, and have appeared individually in journals such as American Poetry Review, Critical Quarterly, the Oxford AmericanPloughshares, and the Southern Review.   She has also edited a volume of poems by Muriel Rukeyser and co-edited Of Solitude and Silence: Writings on Robert Bly.  She is the Edwin Mims Professor of English at Vanderbilt. An affiliate faculty member in Medicine, Health, and Society, she also teaches writing at the Baltimore Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, and conducts community workshops on Writing for Recovery for people whose lives have been affected by addiction.