Annie Silverstein

Dan Bellm

b. 1952


Dan Bellm is a poet and translator living in Berkeley, California, whose newest book of poems, Counting, will appear from Finishing Line Press in 2023. His fourth book is Deep Well (Lavender Ink, New Orleans, 2017); his third, Practice: A Book of Midrash (Sixteen Rivers, San Francisco, 2008), won the 2009 California Book Award. Recent translations include Central American Book of the Dead, by Balam Rodrigo (Flower Song Press, McAllen, TX, 2022), Speaking in Song, by Pura López Colomé (Shearsman Books, Bristol, UK, 2017), and The Song of the Dead, by Pierre Reverdy (Black Square Editions, New York, 2016), winner of an Artist’s Fellowship in Translation from the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches literary translation and poetry in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles, and serves as an interpreter for asylum seekers with Centro Legal de la Raza, Oakland, California. 

Current City, State, Country

Berkeley, CA, USA

Published Works

Counting (Finishing Line Press, 2023)
Deep Well (Lavender Ink, 2017)
Practice (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2008)
Buried Treasure (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1999)
One Hand on the Wheel (Roundhouse Press/Heyday Books, 1999)

Poetry Translation
Central American Book of the Dead / Libro centroamericano de los muertos, Balam Rodrigo (FlowerSong Press, 2022)
Speaking in Song (hearing and forgetting) / Lieder: Cantos al oído, cantos al olvido, Pura López Colomé (Shearsman Books, 2017)
The Song of the Dead / Le chant des morts, Pierre Reverdy (Black Square Editions, 2016)
Description of a Flash of Cobalt Blue / Descripción de un brillo azul cobalto, Jorge Esquinca (Unicorn Press, 2015)
Nostalghia, Jorge Esquinca (La Diéresis, 2015)
Sun on the Ceiling / Au soleil du plafond, Pierre Reverdy (San Francisco Center for the Book, 2011)

Current Title

Affiliate Faculty in Poetry and Translation, MFA in Creative Writing Program, Antioch University Los Angeles

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Boston College
University of Michigan

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