Daniel Dahlquist received his Ph.D. In Speech Communication with an emphasis in Performance Studies in 1989 from Southern Illinois University. Dahlquist was Director of Forensics (Competitive Speaking and Interpreting) at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for five years, and taught Interpersonal Communication, Leadership and Communication in Small Groups, and Public Speaking at UW-Platteville for eighteen years, until his retirement in 2015.
Dahlquist studied with poet and novelist James Dickey in the early 1980's, and received a Master of Fine Arts from the Iowa Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1984. He has published three books of poetry, Speech to the Dead People, The Highwheel Rider, and Slow Dancing in Carbondale, a collaboration with poet Thomas Brooker.
In April, 2005, Dahlquist was one of three Iowa poets chosen to perform at the Des Moines National Poetry Festival with Poet Laureate/Pulitzer Prize winning poets Ted Kooser and Billy Collins.
A believer in the public performance of poetry, Dahlquist performs his work in college and university settings and for a range of arts and civic organizations. In addition to teaching poetry workshops, Dahlquist offers workshops in storytelling and the performance of poetry.
His 2015 collaboration with the renowned pianist Eugene Alcalay in a series of performances entitled PianoPoetry is one of the highlights of his career.
Daniel Dahlquist is proud to call himself a citizen of Galena since 1998.