Dan Chiasson

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Dan Chiasson

Dan Chiasson (/ˈsən/; born May 9, 1971[1] in Burlington, Vermont) is an American poet, critic, and journalist. He is the author of five books.


Chiasson grew up in Burlington, Vermont. He graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College[2] (1993), and from Harvard University, where he received a Ph.D in English and was awarded the Whiting Foundation Award in the Humanities.

He is currently Professor of English at Wellesley College. Chiasson is also affiliated with Boston University's Master of Fine Arts program, where he has taught workshops, and with NYU's program in Paris, France. He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons.

He is the poetry critic for The New Yorker, as well as a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, where he writes about poetry, pop music and film. He was poetry editor, and later advisory editor, of the Paris Review.[3] His poems have been translated into many languages, including German by Jan Wagner. His "Natural History" was published as "Naturgeschichte" at Luxbooks, a publishing house focused on American poetry in bilingual editions. In the UK, he is published by Bloodaxe Books.

He is on the editorial board of the literary magazine The Common, based at Amherst College.[4]

Honors and awards


See also links in the External links section below.


  • Chiasson, Dan (2002). The afterlife of objects. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 
  • — (2007). Natural history : poems. New York: Random House. 
  • — (2010). Where's the moon, there's the moon : poems. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 
  • — (2014). Bicentennial. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 
  • Hix, H. L., ed. (2008). New voices : contemporary poetry from the United States. Irish Pages. 
List of poems
Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
From 'The Names of 1,001 Strangers' 2017 Chiasson, Dan (May 1, 2017). "From 'The Names of 1,001 Strangers'". The New Yorker. 93 (11): 38–39. 
Obituary 2014 Chiasson, Dan (January 6, 2014). "Obituary". The New Yorker. 89 (43): 60. 
Swifts 2008 Chiasson, Dan (July 29, 2008). "Swifts". Poem. Slate. 


  • Chiasson, Dan (1993). The fidgets of remembrance: three reflections on Robert Lowell's late poetry. Amherst College. 
  • — (2007). One kind of everything : poem and person in contemporary America. University of Chicago Press. 
  • — (November 2012). "The humble vernacular : a word-of-mouth dictionary". Reviews. Harper's Magazine. 325 (1950): 90–94. 
  • — (April 15, 2013). "End of the line : new poems from Carl Phillips". The Critics. Books. The New Yorker. 89 (9): 78–79. 
  • — (October 28, 2013). "The ghost writer : Lucie Brock-Broido's "Stay, Illusion"". The Critics. Books. The New Yorker. 89 (34): 78–79. 
  • — (February 10, 2014). "Bet the farm : Robert Frrost's turbulent apprenticeship". The Critics. Books. The New Yorker. 89 (48): 72–76. 
  • — (June 2, 2014). "Mother tongue : poetry and prose by Rachel Zucker". The Critics. Books. The New Yorker. 90 (15): 77–79. 
  • — (October 20, 2014). "View from the mountain : new poems by Louise Glück". The Critics. Books. The New Yorker. 90 (32): 95–97. Retrieved 2014-12-23. 
  • — (April 13, 2015). "Out of this world : James Merrill's supernatural muse". The Critics. Books. The New Yorker. 91 (8): 70–74. 
  • — (March 21, 2016). "The tenderness trap : Robyn Schiff and the poetry of ordinary terror". The Critics. Books. The New Yorker. 92 (6): 89–90. 
  • — (June 20, 2016). "Bounday conditions : Adrienne Rich's collected poems". The Critics. Books. The New Yorker. 92 (18): 78–81. 
  • — (August 8–15, 2016). "Childhood's end : a debut about life, language, and what binds them". The Critics. Books. The New Yorker. 92 (24): 75–77. [7] Reviews Prikryl, Jana. The after party. Tim Duggan Books. 
  • — (December 4, 2017). "One man's trash : how A. R. Ammons turned the everyday into art". The Critics. Books. The New Yorker. 93 (39): 69–72. [8]


  1. ^ Dan Chiasson at poets.org.
  2. ^ "Poet, Critic and Editor Dan Chiasson '93", Amherst College, 2009.
  3. ^ "Msthead", The Paris Review.
  4. ^ "About The Common".
  5. ^ http://www.gf.org/fellows/2550-dan-chiasson
  6. ^ "Wellesley’s Dan Chiasson Is Named a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow", Wellesley College, April 9, 2008.
  7. ^ Online version is titled "Poetry of a childhood lost".
  8. ^ Online version is titled "The great American poet of daily chores".

External links

  • Search for Chiasson's work in The New Yorker
  • Search for Chiasson's work in The New York Review of Books
  • Search for Chiasson's work in The Paris Review
  • Profile at The Whiting Foundation
  • Dan Chiasson interviewed by Christopher Lydon, "Whose Words These Are," Radio Open Source, May 27, 2010
  • "Amherst Poets Dream Date: Interview with Dan Chiasson" by Josh Jacobs, September 2011
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