Danielle Dutton is the author of the novels Margaret the First and SPRAWL. Her first book was the hybrid prose collection Attempts at a Life. She also wrote the text interpolations in Richard Kraft’s Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera. A nonfiction chapbook, A Picture Held Us Captive, is forthcoming from Image Text Ithaca. Dutton’s writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The White Review, The Chicago Review, Conjunctions, Harper’s, BOMB, Fence, NOON, and online at The New Yorker and Guernica.
In 2009, Dutton co-founded, with Martin Riker, the feminist press Dorothy, a publishing project. The press was named for Dutton’s great aunt Dorothy, a librarian, rose gardener, animal lover, and children’s book author who drove a station wagon through the backroads of Southern California, delivering books to rural desert communities. Over the years, Dorothy has published books by an array of established innovative writers including Renee Gladman, Cristina Rivera Garza, Nathalie Léger, and Leonora Carrington, and it published the debuts of Nell Zink, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, and Jen George. In 2020, Dutton and Riker won the Golden Colophon Award for Paradigm Independent Publishing from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.
Dutton has taught in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in Ithaca College’s Image Text MFA. She is currently an associate professor in the English Department at Washington University in St. Louis.