Daniel Halpern

29th annual Key West Literary Seminar

—The Hungry Muse: An Exploration of Food in Literature—

January 6 - 16, 2011

Daniel Halpern was born in Syracuse, New York, and has lived in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York City, and Tangier, Morocco. He is the author of nine collections of poetry, most recently Something Shining, of which novelist Richard Ford wrote “These are useful poems in the old-fashioned sense. They shine. They would even redeem us.”

For 25 years Halpern edited the international literary magazine Antaeus, which he founded in Tangier, Morocco, with Paul Bowles. Halpern is the editor or co-editor of anthologies including The Art of the Tale; The Art of the Story; On Nature: Nature, Landscape, and Natural History (with Dan Frank); Reading the Fights (with Joyce Carol Oates); and Not for Bread Alone: Writers on Food, Wine, and the Art of Eating. He is also the co-author of two books about food, Halpern’s Guide to the Essential Restaurants of Italy (with Jeanne Wilmot) and The Good Food: Soups, Stews & Pastas (with Julie Strand).

Halpern has received numerous grants and awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the 1993 PEN Publisher Citation. In 2009, he received the first Editor’s Award, given by Poets and Writers. From 1975 to 1995 he taught in the graduate writing program of Columbia University, which he chaired for many years. He has also taught at The New School for Social Research and Princeton University.

Today, Halpern is publisher and president of Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. He lives in New York and Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife, the writer Jeanne Wilmot, and their daughter Lily.

Online Resources:

The Poetry Foundation profile
Halpern’s interview with Paul Bowles

Selected Bibliography:

Something Shining: New Poems (Knopf 1999)

Not for Bread Alone: Writers on Food, Wine, and the Art of Eating (editor) (Ecco Press 1993)

Foreign Neon: Poems (Knopf 1991)

Halpern’s Guide to the Essential Restaurants of Italy: From Milan to Rome with Notes on the Food and Wine (w/ Jeanne Wilmot) (Addison-Wesley 1988)

Tango: Poems (Viking 1987)

The Good Food: Soups, Stews, and Pastas (w/ Julie Strand) (Viking 1985)

Seasonal Rights: Poems (Penguin 1982)

Life Among Others (Penguin 1978)

Street Fire (Viking 1975)

Traveling on Credit (Viking 1972)

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