Daniel O’Connell (aka “Dan O.”) was born in New York, where he was raised.  He started working at age 12 and has been paying rent ever since.  Dan O. has worked as a busboy, cook, truck driver, janitor, gardener, factory worker, cab driver, mover, cashier, barista, yoga and meditation teacher, bartender, marital arts instructor, field hand (corn), bookstore clerk, and manager of chain bookstores and restaurants.  

Along the way, Dan O. obtained a Masters Degree in Philosophy, a teaching certificate in yoga and meditation from the Himalayan  Institute of Yoga Science & Philosophy, an advanced belt in karate, a third-degree black belt in taekwondo, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence. Dan O. does not have an MFA in Poetry. He taught Philosophy and Rhetoric at the university level for seven years is currently an adjunct law professor and practicing attorney.

Dan O.’s poetry has appeared regularly in small and large journals since 1986, and has won or placed for several poetry awards.  Dan O. has been a guest poet in college writing classes and a featured reader at many poetry venues and fundraisers. He was Translation Advisor for Belonging: New Poetry from Iranians Around the World, ed. Niloufar Talebi (North Atlantic Books, 2008); see www.thetranslationproject.org.

Dan O. is the author of two full-length collections of poetry: Different Coasts (Parthenon West Press, 2003); and Theory of Salvation (2009). Purchase books here. Dan O.'s third poetry collection is entitled A Third Set of Teeth, and is currently seeking publication. Dan O. also authored and distributed other collections of poems beginning in his twenties, including Cloud in Sky, Shadow on Mountain: A Cycle of Haiku Poems, illustrated by Kate Claire. 

Dan O. began writing poetry when he was a child. He read in his first Open Mic at age 23, and featured shortly thereafter. Some of Dan O.'s favorite poets are Ann Sexton, Theodore Roethke, Pablo Neruda, Kim Addonizio, Raymond Carver, James Wright, Forugh Farrokhzad, and Li Po.   Click here for Dan O.'s poetry bio.