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Dan Campion was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1949 and raised in Chicago, where he attended the public schools and earned degrees from the University of Chicago (AB) and the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (MA), where he studied with Michael Anania, Paul Carroll, John Edward Hardy, and Daryl Hine. In Chicago he worked as an editor for Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Follett Publishing Company. In 1978 he moved with his partner JoAnn Castagna to Iowa City, Iowa, where they both earned PhDs at the University of Iowa in 1989, and where they were married after it became clear that marriage rights would become available to all. He taught at the university and worked for twenty-nine years as an editor for the educational company ACT. The author of A Playbill for Sunset (Ice Cube Press) and Peter De Vries and Surrealism (Bucknell University Press) and a coeditor, with Ed Folsom and Jim Perlman, of Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song (Holy Cow! Press), he has contributed poems to Able Muse, Ars Medica, Blue Unicorn, Ekphrasis, Light, Measure, The Medical Literary Messenger, The Midwest Quarterly, New American Writing, North American Review, Poetry, Poetry &, Rolling Stone, Think, and many other magazines and anthologies. He lives in Iowa City.


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MadHat Press is a leading publisher of unique and vital contemporary poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and criticism.

MadHat Press seeks to foster the work of writers and poets: explosive, lyrical, passionate, deeply wrought voices that stretch the boundaries of language, narrative and image, vital and enduring literary voices that sing on the page as well as in the mind.

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