Poet Dana Ward is the author of a number of chapbooks: New Couriers (2006), Goodnight Voice (2008), The Drought (2009), Typing ‘Wild Speech’ (2010), and the full-length This Can’t Be Life (2012). Influenced by the work of Alice Notley, Jack Kerouac, and others, Ward’s poetry is densely patterned and highly allusive; he is known as a skilled reader of his own work.

Ward lives in Cincinnati, where he hosts readings, collaborates with artists, advocates for adult literacy, and is editor of Cy Press books. In February 2013, Ward was a featured writer for Harriet.