Daniel Liu is an American writer. His poetry appears in The Adroit Journal and Diode. The author of COMRADE (fifth wheel press, 2022), he has been recognized by the Poetry Society, YoungArts, the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the Adroit Prizes, the Pulitzer Center, Columbia College Chicago, Bennington College, and others.
Buy here at fifth wheel press.COMRADE interrogates cruelty and desire. In a series of thirteen poems, Daniel Liu traverses a family history of fathers and sons, immigrants and homelands, hurts and new starts, examining the self and memory intertwined. The speakers of these poems excavate Buddhist temples stained with incense, swimming pools at night, and rabbit hunts in this dissection of memory, all to find the self, the self, the self.Praise for COMRADE"Peripeteia—a sudden reversal of fortune. Daniel Liu’s COMRADE explores an intimate space upturned by violence, spaces where “love [is] as fresh as / the slaughterhouse,” where “a family heirloom [is] so full of graves,” where “scar tissue / transform[s] into growl.” Peripeteias braid themselves into each poem, yet Liu reaches further into the quietude of winter and radio silences, until his words become ingrained in your conscience, until they seep into your skin. In this experimental and startling collection, a revolution is brewing."
—Jessica Kim, author of L(EYE)GHT"From start to finish, the verve and spirit behind the longing of each piece makes this collection of poems a living, breathing experience in desire. Liu's is at its core an integral exploration of the forces of love and family. Every stanza, every enjambment, every word and white space, comes together to help us appreciate the beauty of his devotion to craft."
Amy Wang, author of Mother— —Tongue"COMRADE—every word is precious. Liu compares men with gods and then dismantles that persona, speaks of how being a son is to be gentle within harshness, of remembrance within emptiness. The way a shadow is trapped beneath husk, an ending is just the twitch of a lip, the wishes you made floating down in the wind; through images like “I only wanted the light & / the light is only as close as you let it,” Liu reveals himself as a master of wordplay and syntax, deftly displaying his understanding of the pauses in emotion. An insightful, brilliant debut chapbook!"
Dhwanee Goyal, author of Kasauli Daydreams
Select Poems"Return Home" and "Essay on Fortune-telling" in The Adroit Journal.
"Red Army" and "Flag-Waving" in Diode Poetry Journal.
"Hurricane Season" and "Thrifting" in Surging Tide Magazine.
"Solitude" in Rust and Moth.
"Decolonization" and "On Remembering" in GASHER Journal. (forthcoming)Select Prose"Family Portrait as Gutted Fish" in The Adroit Journal.
"Notes on Homeland" in Flat Ink Magazine.
“火” in Surging Tide Magazine.
Select Competitions2023 YoungArts National Arts Competition, Poetry. Finalist.
2022 Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award, Poetry. Winner.
2022 Surging Tide Magazine Contest, Poetry, Prose. Winner.
2022 The Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose, Poetry, Prose. Finalist.
2022 Pulitzer Center Fighting Words Poetry Contest, Poetry. Finalist.
2022 Columbia College Young Authors Contest, Poetry. Finalist.
2022 Bennington Young Writers Awards, Nonfiction. Third Place Winner.
2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Poetry. National Gold Medalist.
2022 The Incandescent Review Annual Writing Contest, Poetry. Winner.
2022 YoungArts National Arts Competition, Poetry, Nonfiction. Honorable Mention.
2021 National High School Poetry Contest. National Winner.
2021 The Roadrunner Review High School Writing Contest. Honorable Mention.
2021 ELJ, This Is Not Prose, a Prose Poem Contest. Winner.
2020 Page15 Writing Contest. Winner.
Select ExperienceEditorial Work
INKSOUNDS, Editor-in-Chief. 2021—
The Augment Review, Poetry Editor. 2022—
Indigo Literary Magazine, Poetry Editor. 2022—
The Lumiere Review, Poetry Editor. 2022—Workshops
Object-Oriented Poetics with Gilad Jaffe. Iowa Young Writers' Studio. 2022.
Generative Writing with Michael McGriff. Kenyon Review Young Writers Summer Program. 2022.
Poetic Techniques. Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship. 2022.Other
Flat Ink Magazine, Staff Writer, Interviewer. 2022.
The Incandescent Summer Studio, Poetry Mentor. 2022.Features
Interview with Ottavia Paluch.