Carnegie Mellon University

The cover of "Rowing Inland" by Jim Daniels

January 18, 2018

"Rowing Inland" is a Michigan Notable Book

By Daniel Hirsch

In its annual Michigan Notable Books List, the Michigan Department of Education and the Library of Michigan honors exceptional books either about Michigan or by Michigan writers. This year, “Rowing Inland” a collection of poetry by Jim Daniels, a Detroit native and the Thomas Stockham Baker University Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University, made the distinguished list.

“The poems in 'Rowing Inland' are really grounded in Michigan, so recognition from my home state is particularly gratifying,” said Daniels recently.

"Rowing Inland," the 15th collection of poetry by Daniels, prominently features reflections on life in Detroit, with poems inspired by Daniels’ memories of growing up there as well as imaginings of its future.

“With humor and empathy, the author looks at his own family’s challenges and those of the surrounding community where the legacy handed down from generation to generation is one of survival,” wrote Martin Ackley, director of public and governmental affairs for the Michigan Department of Education, in announcement earlier this month.

Daniels will join other notable book authors, including other poets, novelists, and non-fiction writers, on a statewide reading tour of libraries. Founded in 1991, the Michigan Notable Books lists aims to celebrate the cultural, literary, and historical legacy of the state of Michigan.