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Affiliate Faculty Member
Assistant Director & Editor in Chief
World Literature Today

Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington, 2000


Poet, translator, and essayist Daniel Simon is assistant director and editor in chief of World Literature Today, OU’s award-winning magazine of international literature and culture. He is also an affiliate faculty member of OU’s Schusterman Center for Judaic & Israel Studies and Department of International & Area Studies. His verse collections include Cast Off (2015) and After Reading Everything (2016), and his poems have been reprinted in the anthologies Oklahoma Poems . . . and Their Poets (2014), World English Poetry (2015), and Voices Now: World Poetry Today (2022). Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867–2017, which he edited, won a 2018 Nebraska Book Award and was included on NPR’s “50 States” summer booklist (2022). His latest anthology project, Dispatches from the Republic of Letters: 50 Years of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature (2020), was named a Publishers Weekly starred pick. Most recently, he has been serving as consulting editor for the Best Literary Translations annual anthology, forthcoming from Deep Vellum in spring 2024. During his twenty-year tenure at WLT, the magazine’s readership has grown to 1.5 million readers annually across all platforms.

At OU, Dr. Simon has been active on campus for the past twenty-two years. Most recently, he co-chaired the coordinating committee for the commemorations of the Tulsa Race Massacre centennial throughout the 2020–2021 academic year on the Norman, Tulsa, and OUHSC campuses, in partnership with the Clara Luper Department of African & African American Studies, with funding from Oklahoma Humanities and the university’s Faculty Investment Program. In 2019 he spearheaded a new minor in editing and publishing with the College of Journalism, College of Arts & Sciences, and College of Fine Arts. He also helps conceptualize, plan, and host WLT’s annual Neustadt Lit Fest; has served on PhD committees and the Provost’s PhD Dissertation Prize committee; and routinely gives talks, partners with other units on campus to bring writers to OU, and helps WLT fulfill the university’s teaching mission, outreach mission, and strategic plan.

He is a member of the Academy of American Poets, PEN America, Nebraska Center for the Book, and the Norman Arts Council Roundtable.