Center for the Literary Arts Speaker Series: Mary-Alice Daniel

Mary-Alice Daniel is the Center for the Literary Arts' inaugural Visiting Writer in Residence. Join us for a reception, followed by readings from her celebrated, genre-spanning works – including new, unpublished poems and selections from secret projects.

Reception: 5 – 5:30 p.m.

Reading and Conversation with Ariana Benson (and Q&A with audience)5:30 p.m.


A cross-genre author, Mary-Alice Daniel's work appears in New England Review, American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, Callaloo, The Yale Review and more.

Mass for Shut-Ins, her first book of poetry released in March 2023, won the 117th Yale Younger Poets Prize. In November 2022, Ecco/Harper Collins published her trans-continental memoir, A Coastline Is an Immeasurable Thing, which was People's Book of the Week and one of Kirkus Reviews' best nonfiction books of the year.

A Cave Canem Fellow and an alumna of Yale University and the University of Michigan's Creative Writing MFA, she earned a PhD from the University of Southern California. She holds the 2024 Mary Routt Endowed Chair of Writing at Scripps College.

Presented in collaboration with the Washington University Department of English.

RSVPRead our Q&A with Mary-Alice