Daniel Tobin was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish American parents. In his work as a poet, scholar, and editor, he frequently explores Irish ancestry and Irish American heritage. Praised for their formal control and narrative adeptness, Tobin’s poetry collections include Where the World Is Made (1999), Double Life (2004), The Narrows (2005), Second Things (2008), Belated Heavens (2010), The Net (2014), and From Nothing (2016). He is also the author of a collection of essays on Irish American poets and poetry, Awake in America (2011). Tobin’s other critical work includes Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney (1999).
Tobin’s editing projects include the mammoth anthology The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (2007). His honors and awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Award, the Discovery/The Nation Award, a Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize, and others. Tobin teaches at Emerson College in Boston.