Danielle Chapman

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Danielle Chapman is a poet, essayist, and lecturer in English at Yale University, where she teaches Shakespeare and creative writing. Her poems have appeared in The New YorkerThe Atlantic MonthlyThe NationPoetry International and elsewhere, and her essays in The Oxford American and Commonweal. Her first collection of poems, Delinquent Palaces (Northwestern University Press), was published in 2015.

Danielle will publish her memoir, Holler: A Poet Among Patriots with Unbound Edition Press in October 2023 and her second poetry collection, Boxed Juice, in 2024. Both works confront the fragility of life, the rupture of death, and the moral reckoning a search for meaning requires.

She lives in Hamden, CT with her husband, Christian Wiman, and their twin daughters.

Holler traces out the strands of self, place and history that bind us to any past we claim or disclaim …

Marilynne Robinson

… a magical and rare species of a book.

Major Jackson

With blazing lyric intensity … Chapman’s story builds to a conclusion of mythic power … An astonishment. A lesson in being human.

Rosanna Warren

A beautiful memoir … as devastating as American history itself … Few can write prose as musical and precise … Holler is a stunning book.

Ilya Kaminsky

Chapman’s complex and sensitive approach offers a brave and insightful path forward as we confront the past.

Philip Klay

Danielle Chapman sees — and lets us see — both the beauty and the horror of her family legacy in this sad, haunting, and, above all, unblinking memoir.

Anne Fadiman

Chapman’s is a Southern story, American with a bitter and by-now familiar tint of blood racialism. [She] has broken into the past without prejudice. This is new.