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Jonathan Potts

For immediate release:
April 22, 2003

Carnegie Mellon Professor and Award-winning Poet Celebrates a Career Achievement with New Poetry Collection

PITTSBURGH—In a pair of new books published this spring, Carnegie Mellon University English Professor Jim Daniels revisits his hometown and reaches a milestone in his career.

Daniels' eighth poetry collection, "Show and Tell: New and Selected Poems," is a greatest hits of sorts for the writer, who is the director of the Creative Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon.

"It's kind of a landmark. It means I've had enough of a career to look back and recollect on it. It's kind of a recognition that the work is worth being collected like that‹at least on the part of the publisher," Daniels said.

"You hope readers feel the same way."

Daniels is the winner of the Pushcart Prize and the Brittingham Prize, and he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His first fiction collection, "No Pets," was made into an independent feature film released in 1994.

Daniels' second fiction collection, "Detroit Tales," was recently published. The stories center on the city Daniels left behind more than 20 years ago, where much of his family still lives and which still draws him back.

"I try to look at it from a lot of different perspectives. I didn't think of it as being about Detroit, but the stories all connect to Detroit in one way or another," Daniels said.

Daniels, 46, grew up in the East Side of Detroit, near the neighborhood made famous in the semi-autobiographical film "Eight Mile," which stars rap star Eminem. Daniels watched Detroit go from a gritty but prosperous factory town to an urban wasteland ravaged by riots and crime. His friends and family suffered the fallout when the American auto industry fell into decline during the 1980s, and Daniels has witnessed the city's efforts to reinvent itself.

"I think most writers tend to go home in one way or another throughout their careers," Daniels said.

"Show and Tell" was published by The University of Wisconsin Press. For information on how to order, call 773-568-1550 or go to "Detroit Tales" was published by the Michigan State University Press. For ordering information, go to or call 517-355-9543, ext. 100. Both books are available through


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