Queen's University

Daniel David Moses

Professor Emeritus

Education: B.A.H., General Fine Arts, York University, M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of British Columbia

Email: kyotopolis@sympatico.ca

Member Type(s): Faculty


"In playwriting, choose the telling details and that will evoke enough reality. If you tell the audience everything, you will bore them to death. Your job is to find the stuff that will allow them to use their own imagination. You must leave room for the audience to come into the art."

Daniel reciting from his new book – A Small Essay on the Largeness of Light and Other Poems (Oct 2012)

After a career of over two decades as an independent Toronto-based playwright and poet, Daniel David Moses joined the Department of Drama in 2003 as a Queen’s National Scholar. One of Canada’s foremost First Nations writers, Daniel hails from the Six Nations community south of Brantford, Ontario, on the Grand River. He holds an Honours B.A. in General Fine Arts from York University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.

He also worked as a dramaturge, editor, essayist, teacher, and artist-, playwright- or writer-in-residence with institutions as varied as Theatre Passe Muraille, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the University of British Columbia, the Sage Hill Writing Experience, Concordia University, the National Arts Centre’s English Theatre and Institute for American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM). He has served on the boards of the Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts, Native Earth Performing Arts, and the Playwrights Guild of Canada and co-founded, with Lenore Keeshig-Tobias and Tomson Highway, the short-lived but influential Committee to Re-Establish the Trickster.

His poetry collections are Delicate Bodies, The White Line, Sixteen Jesuses and River Range, a CD with original music by David Deleary. A new collection, A Small Essay on the Largeness of Light and Other Poems, appears in 2012. His plays include Coyote City (a nominee for the 1991 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama), The Dreaming Beauty (a winner of the 1990 Theatre Canada National Playwrighting Competition), Songs of Love and Medicine (produced by the Department of Drama in 2005) and, his most published work, Almighty Voice and His Wife, which completed a cross country tour in February 2012. His play The Moon and Dead Indians was a winner of Vancouver’s New Play Centre’s Du Maurier Playwrighting Competition and, with its sequel, Angel of the Medicine Show, produced and published as The Indian Medicine Shows, garnered the 1996 James Buller Memorial Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Theatre. Daniel’s honours include a 2001 Harold Award, the 2001 Harbourfront Festival Prize and a 2003 Chalmers Arts Fellowship.

He edited The Exile Book of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama (2010) and co-edited Oxford University Press’ ground-breaking collection An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English, the fourth and twentieth anniversary edition of which appeared in 2013.