Gerber is a poet, novelist, and essayist whose work includes:
The Revenant, American Atlas, Grass
Fires, A Voice From the
River, A Last Bridge Home, and Trying To
Catch the Horses.
His poems and stories have appeared in The Nation, The
New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, New Letters, and The
He and writer, Jim Harrison, co-edited the literary magazine,
Sumac, from 1968 through 1972.
Gerber has traveled extensively as a journalist, particularly
in Africa. He has been the writer-in-residence at both Michigan
State and Grand Valley State universities; and has lectured,
read, and taught at numerous colleges, universities, libraries,
schools, and museums throughout the United States and England.
He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, won the 1992
Michigan Author Award, and has had work selected for The
Best American Poetry 1999. Gerber has loaned his personal
papers and manuscripts to Special Collections where they
are currently being organized for use.
Gerber is a 1962 MSU graduate. He and his family now divide their
year between central California and southeastern Idaho.
Gerber is an unique poet. More than any of his contemporaries
he immediately makes the relatively ordinary a transcendent
state. His work is completely untarnished by fad or fashion
and I enter it again and again with a sense of wonderment.
When our age passes, this work will remain." -Jim Harrison
To view Special Collections' holdings of Dan Gerber's work,
please click here.
To hear Gerber read from his own work, please visit the Vincent
Voice Library, here.