Danielle Geller Joins Mentor Faculty at IAIA Low-Residency MFA

Danielle has joined the mentor faculty for the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

The Institute of American Indian Arts has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression for over 50 years. The IAIA MFA in Creative Writing, now in its seventh year, is expanding on this legacy, graduating successful writers who are making distinct contributions to the body of Native American and world literatures.

The Origin of My Laugh

Danielle’s essay, “The Origin of My Laugh” was published on June 16, 2020 in The Paris Review.

Click here to read the full essay.

Excerpt:

When my mother died, her best friend Heidi called and told me, “What I’ll miss most is her laugh.”

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When my mother called me on the phone before she died, she rarely laughed but often cried.

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My mother had four daughters, and I am the oldest. My mother did not raise us…

Dog Flowers Coming in January 2021

Danielle’s memoir Dog Flowers will be available on January 12, 2021. You can pre-order it now from Penguin Random House or order it from your local, independent bookstore through IndieBound.

Summary: A daughter returns home to the Navajo reservation to confront her family’s history and retrace her mother’s life—using both narrative and archive in this arrestingly original memoir.

After Danielle Geller’s mother dies of a withdrawal from alcohol during a period of homelessness, she is forced to return to Florida. Using her training as a librarian and archivist, Geller collects her mother’s documents, diaries, and photographs into a single suitcase and begins on a journey of confronting her family’s history and the decisions she’s been forced to make, a journey that will end at her mother’s home: the Navajo reservation.

Annotating the First Page of the First Navajo-English Dictionary

An excerpted version of my essay “Annotating the First Page of the First Navajo-English Dictionary,” appeared today on The New Yorker’s website.

The essay (in its entirety) will be published in the forthcoming anthology This Is The Place (Seal Press, 2017).

THIS IS THE PLACE is a collection of personal essays written by 30 amazing women from across the country. The book covers a range of topics from solitude, neighbors, tiny homes and multi-generational living to environmental protection, domestic violence, immigration and patriotism. I have an essay in the collection, and I co-wrote the introduction with my co-editor, Kelly McMasters. Together, Kelly and I selected, edited and arranged each essay in the book. The pieces are by turns deep and dark, complex and shining.