Danny joined the Old Firehouse team in March 2021. Before working as a bookseller, he got his MFA in Creative Writing at Colorado State University, with a focus in poetry and creative nonfiction. No surprise, then, that he reads mostly poetry and essays--with a special love for imagists and lyric essayists. When he's not reading or at OFB, he writes, hikes, and works as an editor for Seneca Review.

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ISBN: 9781946448644
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Published: Sarabande Books - September 15th, 2020

A book of erasures, in the tradition of artists like Tom Phillips, that treats each page as a canvas. With varied media and modes, Sloat's "found" poetry is spare, affecting, and full of color. --Danny

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ISBN: 9781593766580
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Published: Soft Skull Press - September 13th, 2016

Famously one for works that toe the line between genres, Maggie Nelson offers a true crime, memoiristic, lyric exploration of a murdered member of the essayist's own family. As Nelson's works tend to do, this book builds its own forms organic to the necessity of the project at hand. --Danny

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ISBN: 9781940696201
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Published: Wave Books - April 5th, 2016

A project that took Jess more than a decade to write, Olio is at once poetry, historical fiction, and an intimately moving set of facts surrounding the creation and exploitation of the foundational Black music from the Civil War to WWI. --Danny

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ISBN: 9781933517575
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Published: Wave Books - August 7th, 2012

Ruefle's collected lectures, though inevitably "about" poetry, draw her reader through the varied, strange, and always-unexpected corridors of the poet's own mind. This collection is second to none in the depths that it plumbs. --Danny

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ISBN: 9781932511550
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Published: Sarabande Books - November 1st, 2007

This collection presses against what makes an essay whole--lets the reader participate in the white space that it treats as equal to the process of writing. Boully's essays are at once personal and transcendently theoretical--felt and known. --Danny

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ISBN: 9780880012423
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Published: Ecco - July 10th, 1999

Praise is the book that brought me to poetry. Hass' forms and images linger in the mind of the reader long after the book is closed--be they "blackberries," "the odor of honeysuckle," or an imagined forester felling trees. --Danny

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ISBN: 9781571315021
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Published: Milkweed Editions - March 10th, 2020

Cowles' book (perhaps, especially, for one trapped their house/apartment during a many-months-long pandemic) brings its reader along to the poet's favorite corners of the world--Greece, Montana, New York. In her incisive vision, the subtlest and gentlest images loom profoundly. --Danny