University of Iowa

Daniel Khalastchi

Daniel Khalastchi is the author of two books of poetry, Manoleria (Tupelo Press, 2011) and Tradition (McSweeney’s, 2015). A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, his work has recently appeared in a variety of publications, including The Iowa ReviewMississippi ReviewPoetry Northwest, and The Rumpus. He is the co-founder and managing editor of Rescue Press, and he lives in Iowa City where he directs the Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing at the University of Iowa.

Instructor Events

Weekend June 16 to June 17 2018

I usually lose at poker. Part of this is because I’m no good with numbers. The other part is because it’s scary to take risks; it’s much easier to bet on a sure thing, and avoid the patience it takes to sit and study the game. While gambling and poetry have their obvious differences, the same fears/reservations that might keep us away from casinos can limit us severely as writers.

The act of writing a poem is a curious expedition. We start with a blank page—a shimmering neutral canvas laid out before us like an undiscovered country—and we slowly begin to track the rivers and valleys of our unique artistic exploration. Though we hope to end up with a map we are satisfied with, as creative cartographers we must remember an element crucial to perceived and self-appointed boundaries: there are often other ways to see them. This idea of reshaping and redrafting the borders we place around our work will guide our week together.