Dan Gerber

October 15, 1999
Dan Gerber

Dan Gerber is a poet, novelist, and essayist whose work includes: The Revenant, American Atlas, Grass Fires, A Voice From the River, A Last Bridge Home, and Trying To Catch the Horses. His poems and stories have appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, New Letters, and The Georgia Review. He and writer, Jim Harrison, co-edited the literary magazine, Sumac, from 1968 through 1972.

Gerber has traveled extensively as a journalist, particularly in Africa. He has been the writer-in-residence at both Michigan State and Grand Valley State universities; and has lectured, read, and taught at numerous colleges, universities, libraries, schools, and museums throughout the United States and England. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, won the 1992 Michigan Author Award, and has had work selected for The Best American Poetry 1999. Gerber has loaned his personal papers and manuscripts to Special Collections where they are currently being organized for use.


Gerber is a 1962 MSU graduate. He and his family now divide their year between central California and southeastern Idaho.

"Dan Gerber is an unique poet. More than any of his contemporaries he immediately makes the relatively ordinary a transcendent state. His work is completely untarnished by fad or fashion and I enter it again and again with a sense of wonderment. When our age passes, this work will remain." -Jim Harrison

To view Special Collections' holdings of Dan Gerber's work, please click here.

To hear Gerber read from his own work, please visit the Vincent Voice Library, here.

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