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John Daniel reads from his books and poems

Debut novel deeply rooted in Oregon soil arrives to acclaim - The Eugene Register-Guard

A Writer by Nature - The Eugene Register-Guard

Northwest writers at work: John Daniel - The Oregonian

John Daniel: A Good Animal Too - John Daniel profiled in High Country News

A Conversation With John Daniel

The Winter Creek Declaimer

The Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency

The Practice of Writing - Florence Festival of Books

Debut novel deeply rooted in Oregon soil arrives to acclaim
- Brian Juenemann The Eugene Register-Guard

John Daniel is a Pacific Northwest Book Award and three-time Oregon Book Award winning author who lives between Eugene and the Pacific Ocean. His debut novel, “Gifted,” hits the shelves April 11, and acclaim for this place-driven coming of age tale sends it there on a wave of praise from literary media and fellow writers alike.

I talked with Daniel, 68, when he delivered to me an eagerly anticipated advance reading copy earlier this year, and we agreed to continue our conversation via email as publication date approached.

As this interview was underway, Oregon author David James Duncan wrote Daniel to say, “Thanks for writing one of the best Oregon books of all time.”

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A writer by nature
- Francesca Fontana The Eugene Register-Guard

Sitting by the window of his living room admiring the view of the enormous trees in the Coast Range foothills of Elmira, local author John Daniel likened the writing process to climbing one of those tall trees — which he’s actually done before. “You want to do something, you don’t necessarily see how to do it from the ground, but you start into it and each step makes possible the next,” he said. “Suddenly you’re at the top of a Douglas fir 150 feet in the air.” The same can be said for Daniel’s journey as a writer. He has written 10 books, his works ranging from poetry to personal essays, and Daniel now is eagerly awaiting the Tuesday release of his first novel, “Gifted.”

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Northwest writers at work: John Daniel - The Oregonian

It's easy to find John Daniel -- he's right there, walking up a logging road with a slight limp from a long-ago rock climbing accident and a left knee replacement, moving steadily despite his 60 years, talking about what the landscape used to look like -- and not so easy to pin him down.

Daniel's writing is known for its clarity, and describing him in comfortable, familiar terms (poet, essayist, nature writer, family memoirist, two-time Oregon Book Award winner) is helpful and not inaccurate. There's more going on with him, though: questions and contradictions that deepen a picture of a complex man who welcomes attention and readers, but spends months alone in wilderness solitude, writing books that reveal personal details unknown to his closest friends...

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John Daniel: A Good Animal Too - John Daniel profiled in High Country News

The wall outside John Daniel's writing studio in western Oregon displays a collage of bizarre artifacts. A fur-and-rubber gorilla hand reaches for a blue plastic spoon near a Victoria's Secret camisole, and a beer coaster depicting four bikini-clad women dangles from a Copenhagen tobacco can next to an empty package of jalapeño sunflower seeds.

"All items I've found on my daily bike ride," Daniel explains, indicating the road bike propped against his garage door...

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John Daniel on A Sense of Place, Economy and Population, Mystery, Humans and Nature, Hope, and Writing

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The Winter Creek Declaimer

Against my better judgment, purely in the interest of free expression, I have agreed to allow my website to be used for the distribution of a periodical considered disreputable by many. The editor of the Winter Creek Declaimer informs me that he has nowhere else to turn. I am his last hope. I do not endorse the content of this journal and take no responsibility for any ill effects it may induce.

Click below, at your own risk, for the latest issue (Volume 8, Number 1: Spring, 2009), and for back issues.

Volume 8, Number 1: Spring - 2009
Trusting that its readers remain sufficiently informed on domestic affairs, the Declaimer offers a series of dispatches from its chief South Pacific correspondent, now traveling in Australia.

Volume 5, Number 2 - Summer, 2006
When I Lift Myself off the Ground -- A Remembrance of John Sterne

Volume 5, Number 1 - Winter, 2006
A Note to Our Readers
The Local Scene
An Insidious Turn in the Terrorist Threat
America in One of its Periodic Fits of Morality
The News is Not New
Spiritual Dialogue with Sri Shivalingum Biggum
Music Country
Giving Hell to the Declaimer Department
The Presidency Within Reach
The Place for Poetry

Volume 2, Number 1 - Winter, 2003
The Season of War
Does Poetry Have a Place?
The Future Is Ours at Last
The Mail Drop
Keeping an Eye on the Bong
The National Bird
The First Trillium

Volume 1, Number 2 - Fall, 2002
A Nefarious Plot
The Sporting Scene
A Note to Our Readers
The War That Was
The Bird-in-Chief
The Place for Poetry
Beyond the Season of Sloth and Degradation

Volume 1, Number 1 - Spring, 2002
Loud Neighbors
The Local Scene
Community Service Announcement
Democracy Lite
Giving Hell to the Declaimer Department
OC in T Department
The Place for Poetry
The Speedup

The Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency

As chair of PEN Northwest, a regional branch of PEN American Center, I administer an annual writer's residency on the Rogue River homestead where I spent the winter I wrote about in Rogue River Journal. It is, as far as I know, the only long term backcountry writing residency anywhere. In exchange for an hour a day of routine upkeep of the property and its two cabins, the resident receives use of the homestead and its unparalleled solitude for a period of six months to one year, and the support of a modest stipend. The biennial application process is open to all kinds of writers and poets; extensive publication is not mandatory. Individuals, couples (with or without children), and partnerships of two may apply.  The residency has been filled through 2022. We expect the next application period, for the 2023 and 2024 residencies, to run from January 1, 2022 through March 1, 2022 . No applications will be accepted before January 1, 2022 .

Update: Application deadline extended to March 15, 2022.

Click here for the full residency description and application guidelines.

To read more about the program and hear from some past residents, see my article, "A Fertile Meadow Far From Town," in the Winter 2000 issue of Open Spaces magazine. Click here to read it online.

To read the blog of 2005 resident Gary Whitehead, go to: http://garyjwhitehead.blogspot.com.

The Practice of Writing - Florence Festival of Books

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