Daniel Mark Epstein
Publications and Awards


No Vacancies In Hell (poetry) Liveright/Norton, 1973

The Follies (poetry) Overlook/Viking Press, 1977

Young Men’s Gold (poetry) Overlook/Viking Press, 1978

The Book of Fortune (poetry) Overlook/Viking Press, 1982

Star of Wonder (stories and essays) Overlook/Viking, 1986

Spirits (poetry) Overlook/Viking, 1987

Love's Compass (essays) Addison-Wesley, 1989

Sister Aimee: the Life of Aimee Semple McPherson, Harcourt Brace, 1993

The Trinummus of Plautus (translation) Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994

The Boy in the Well (poetry) Overlook/Viking, 1995

The Bacchae of Euripides (translation) University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997

Nat King Cole (biography) Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999

What Lips My Lips Have Kissed: Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay Holt, 2001

The Traveler’s Calendar (poetry) Overlook/Penguin Putnam, 2002

Lincoln and Whitman: Parallel Lives in Civil War Washington, Random House, 2004

The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage, Ballantine/Random House, 2004

The Glass House: New Poems, LSU Press, 2009

Lincoln's Men: The President and His Private Secretaries, Harper Collins, 2009

The Ballad of Bob Dylan, Harper, 2011


Anthologies (Works included in):

Travelling America with Today's Poets, Macmillan, 1972

Best Poems of 1971, Pacific Books

Best Poems of 1976, Pacific Books

The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets, William Morrow, 1985

The Direction of Poetry Macmillan, 1987

Best Poetry of 1989, Scribners

Best Essays of 1986, Houghton-Mifflin

The Norton Reader, 1988; and others.


Magazines (Poems published in): 

The American Scholar

The Atlantic Monthly

The Hudson Review

The Kenyon Review

The Michigan Quarterly

The Nation

The New Criterion

The New Republic

The New Yorker

The North American Review

The Paris Review

Poetry Magazine

The Virginia Quarterly, et al.


Plays Produced

Jenny and the Phoenix, premiered at The Theatre Project, Baltimore, 1977

The Midnight Visitor, premiered Off Broadway at St. Peter’s Church, 1981

The Leading Lady, premiered at Theatre Hopkins, Baltimore, 1999



Woodrow Wilson Fellowship (Individual Study Grant), 1971

Danforth Fellowship, University of Virginia, 1971

National Endowment for the Arts, Fellowship in Poetry, 1974

Guggenheim Fellowship, 1984

Richard L. Thomas, Chair in Creative Writing, Kenyon College, 2012

Patrick Henry Fellowship, 2014


Poetry Reading Tours

U.S. Information Service, Germany, 1977

Africa and France, 1978 Ohio Poetry Circuit, 1979

Tennessee Poetry Circuit, 1980

Numerous readings in United States and Europe, 1973-98, including The Library Of Congress Evening Series, the Donnell Library in New York, The Smithsonian Institution, and the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburg.



Prix de Rome, The American Academy and National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1978

Emily Clark Balch Award, for best poem of 1981, from The Virginia Quarterly, 1981

New York Times Notable Book, for Nat King Cole, 1999

New York Public Library Honoree, “Books to Remember” for What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, 2001

Maryland Library Association’s Author of the Year, 2002

Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2006