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Daniel Khalastchi


Daniel Khalastchi is an Iraqi Jewish American. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, he is the author of three books of poetry—Manoleria (Tupelo Press), Tradition (McSweeney’s), and American Parables (University of Wisconsin Press, winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including The American Poetry Review, The Believer Logger, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Granta, The Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, and Best American Experimental Writing. Daniel has taught advanced writing, literature, and publishing courses at Augustana College, Marquette University, and the University of Iowa, most recently as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He currently lives in Iowa City where he directs the University of Iowa’s Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing. He is the cofounder and managing editor of Rescue Press.

Current City, State, Country

Iowa City, Iowa, USA

Published Works

American Parables (University of Wisconsin Press, 2021)
Tradition (McSweeney’s, 2015)
Manoleria (Tupelo Press, 2011)

Current Title

Director, Magid Center for Writing, University of Iowa

Author Site


University of Wisconsin-Madison (BA)
University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop (MFA)

Links to Sample Works