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Kelly Daniels

Kelly R. Daniels

Associate Professor of English

Kelly Daniels first stood (terrified) at the head of a class in Puerto Vallarto, Mexico, where he taught English as a Second Language for a shoestring operation called The USA School. 

Decades later, teaching thrills him as much as ever. His teaching philosophy, in a sentence, is that we learn by supervised practice, and so students in his classes can expect to read a lot, write a lot, and discuss reading and writing, a lot.  

His debut memoir, "Cloudbreak, California," was one of BuzzFeed’s “13 favorite works of nonfiction in 2013.” He’s a former MacDowell Fellow, and a regular contributor to The Sun magazine. 

Otherwise, his short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in many literary journals and reviews, including Hotel Amerika, Puerto del Sol, Cimarron Review, Third Coast, and the Sonora Review. No doubt he’s currently hard at work on some project or another. 

A professor at Augustana since 2007, he teaches fiction, creative nonfiction, literature, and LSFY. Additionally, he is active in all aspects of creative writing at Augustana.

Specializations: Contemporary literature, American literature, Creative writing, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction


  • B.A., San Francisco State
  • M.F.A., Georgia State
  • Ph.D., Western Michigan