Daniel Bowman Jr. is the author of A PLUM TREE IN LEATHERSTOCKING COUNTRY (Virtual Artists Collective, 2012).
His poems and essays have appeared in The Adirondack Review, American Poetry Journal, Art House America, The Bitter Oleander, Books and Culture, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Istanbul Literary Review, The Midwest Quarterly, The Other Journal, Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, Rio Grande Review, Seneca Review, and others. He recently completed his first novel, BEGGARS IN HEAVEN.
He grew up in Mohawk, New York, and holds degrees from Roberts Wesleyan College, the University of Cincinnati, and Seattle Pacific University. He lives in central Indiana with his wife Beth and their two children, and teaches at Taylor University.
Recently I was criticized by someone I love and trust as coming down too hard on my family, being too negative about my early life. I defended my work by saying, essentially, that when I write personal essays, I want to examine what was and what is in order to better understand it; I want to tell the truth, to “transform my pain rather than transmit,” (a Richard Rohr phrase I’m very fond of quo...