Daniel Tiffany is a poet and theorist based in Los Angeles and Berlin. Five volumes of his scholarship have been published by presses such as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Chicago. Tiffany’s critical work is recognized for its innovative approaches to the field of poetry and poetics: his 2000 book, Toy Medium: Materialism and Modern Lyric, helped to prompt a generation of "New Materialisms” in literary studies, while his 2005 essay, "Fugitive Lyric," advanced a groundbreaking theory of "obscurities" common to poetic and social underworlds—a project treated at length in his 2009 book, Infidel Poetics. His 2014 critical book, My Silver Planet, sets forth a startling and transformative theory of poetic kitsch. Tiffany contributed the entry on "Lyric Poetry" to the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature.
Tiffany is the author of six collections of poetry from presses including Action Books and Omnidawn, along with the celebrated documentary projects of BLUNT RESEARCH GROUP, published by Noemi and the Wesleyan Poetry Series. The “pocket rhapsodies” of The Dandelion Clock (Tinfish 2010) appeared as a harbinger of experimentation by poets mingling dialect and Middle English. His latest volume, Cry Baby Mystic, drops a ragged, book-length confession in syllabics. Poems of his have appeared in journals such as the Paris Review, Poetry, Bomb, jubilat, Fence, and Lana Turner. In tandem with his own writings, which have been the subject of conference panels and published colloquia, Tiffany has translated texts by Greek, French, and Italian writers. He is a recipient of the Berlin Prize, awarded by the American Academy in Berlin.