Danielle Dutton

Danielle Dutton (born October 18, 1975) is an American writer and publisher.

Early life and educationEdit

Dutton was born in Visalia, California on October 18, 1975. She received her B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1997, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Denver. During her time at DU, she served as the Associate Editor of the Denver Quarterly, under editor Bin Ramke. For several years she taught courses in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. In 2011 she joined the MFA program in creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis as an assistant professor.[1]


Of her first book, Attempts at a Life, a collection of short lyrical narratives published in 2007 by Tarpaulin Sky Press,[2] novelist Daniel Handler wrote in Entertainment Weekly: “Indescribably beautiful, also indescribable. In fact, I’m not quite sure what this book’s about, really. Read it; remind yourself that comprehending things all the time is really boring.”[3] In the Review of Contemporary Fiction, critic Kate Zambreno wrote: "Dutton's glorious version of Jane Eyre reads like one of The Guardian's congested reads as reimagined by Gertrude Stein or Jane Bowles."[4]

Dutton's second book was the experimental novel S P R A W L, published by the LA-based art press Siglio.[5] It was a finalist for the Believer Book Award in 2011. The editors of The Believer wrote: "Dutton’s sentences are as taut and controlled as her narrator’s mind, and a hint at what compels both ('I locate my body by grounding it against the bodies of others') betrays a fierce and feral searching. S P R A W L makes suburban landscapes thrilling again."[6] In Bookforum, Leigh Newman wrote: "Sprawl in fact does not sprawl at all; rather, it radiates with control and fresh, strange reflection."[7]

Dutton's fiction has appeared in magazines including Harper's, BOMB, Noon, Fence, Places: Design Observer, and in anthologies including A Best of Fence: The First Nine Years and I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women.


After finishing her PhD, Dutton joined the staff of Dalkey Archive Press, first as managing editor and then as production manager and book designer. She designed covers for such books as Stories and Essays of Mina Loy, Terra Nostra by Carlos Fuentes, The Log of the SS the Mrs Unguentine by Stanley Crawford, Suicide by Eduoard Leve, The Engineer of Human Souls by Josef Skvoreky, Perfect Lives by Robert Ashley, Ryder by Djuna Barnes, and more than 100 others, and was interviewed for her designs by Elle magazine.[8]

In 2010, Dutton founded the indie press Dorothy, a publishing project. The website states that Dorothy, a publishing project is dedicated "to works of fiction, or near fiction, or about fiction, mostly by women."[9] To date, the press has published books by Renee Gladman, Barbara Comyns, Manuela Draeger (translated from the French by Brian Evenson), Suzanne Scanlon, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Amina Cain, Joanna Ruocco, Nell Zink, Joanna Walsh, Marianne Fritz (translated from the German by Adrian Nathan West), Jen George, Nathalie Léger (translated from the French by Natasha Leher and Cécil Menon). Though it publishes only two books per year, the press has garnered wide praise and reviews of its books in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Vice, The New York Times, and Harper's. Dutton has been interviewed about the press in magazines including the Paris Review Daily, Kirkus Reviews, BOMB, and for articles in Poets & Writers and Publishers Weekly. In a 2014 article in the Chicago Tribune, critic Laura Pearson wrote: "Truthfully, we'd check out anything from Dorothy, a publishing project, so keen is editor Danielle Dutton's eye for weird, wonderful manuscripts — most of which happen to be by women. Plus, the St. Louis-based press only puts out two books a year, so it's very doable."[10]


  1. ^ "Danielle Dutton's Washington University in St. Louis faculty page". Archived from the original on 2019-04-20. Retrieved 2014-09-22.
  2. ^ "Tarpaulin Sky Press". tarpaulinsky.com.
  3. ^ Handler, Daniel (March 18, 2014). "Daniel Handler's top ten (short!) underrated books". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  4. ^ Zambreno, Kate. "REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY FICTION REVIEWS DANIELLE DUTTON'S ATTEMPTS AT A LIFE". Review of Contemporary Fiction. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  5. ^ "Siglio". sigliopress.com.
  6. ^ "The Believer Book Award Editor's Note". The Believer. March–April 2011. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  7. ^ Newman, Leigh (August 27, 2010). "Sprawl by Danielle Dutton". Bookforum. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  8. ^ Clarke, Grace (February 5, 2014). "Dalkey Archive's Danielle Dutton on Getting Just the Right Shade of Red". Elle magazine. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  9. ^ "Dorothy project". dorothyproject.com.
  10. ^ Pearson, Laura. "Fall promises bounty of great new books". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 22, 2014.