Danielle Beazer Dubrasky

Danielle Beazer Dubrasky is a long-time resident of Cedar City in Iron County. She received her PhD in creative writing from the University of Utah and an MA in English/creative writing from Stanford University. She is the author of Ruin and Light, winner of the 2014 Anabiosis Press Chapbook competition, and of Invisible Shores, a limited-edition letterpress folio published through Red Butte Press (2017). An associate professor of creative writing at Southern Utah University, she has taught there since 1990 where she directs the Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values. She is also director of an annual fall creative writing conference on Eco-poetry and the Essay. Her manuscript Drift Migration has been recognized through the following awards: Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award: Semi-Finalist 2019, Able-Muse Book Award: Honorable Mention 2019, Back Waters Press Competition: Semi-Finalist 2014, White Pines Press Poetry Competition: Finalist 2010, Utah Arts Council Original Writing Competition: Winner, Book-length Poetry Prize 2006. Her manuscript Anchored to the Sky (originally titled “Ruin and Light”) was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Elixir Press Poetry Award. Other awards include the following: Pushcart Nomination: “Petroglyphs in Parowan Gap” (2019), Best New Poets: “Petroglyphs in Parowan Gap” (2019), Utah Original Writing Competition Second Place Prize in Poetry: “Circadian,” “Lighting Out for the Invisible,” “Vivarium” (2018), Utah Original Writing Competition Honorable Mention in Creative Nonfiction: “Juliet” (2018). Cave Wall Broadside Competition Honorable Mention: “Palimpsest” (2017), Best New Poets: “Snow in March” (2015), Utah Original Writing Competition First Place Prize in Poetry: “The Sand Man” (2010). She is a three-time recipient of the Virginia Center for Creative Arts Fellowship. Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Chiron Review, South Dakota Review, Limberlost Press, Ninth Letter, Main Street Rag, Pilgrimage, saltfront, Sugar House Review, Cave Wall, Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, Under a Warm Green Linden, Terrain.org, Contrary Magazine, Tar River Poetry, 15 Bytes, Exponent II, and Dialogue. She is the co-editor of a forthcoming anthology, Blossom as the Cliffrose: Mormon Legacies of the Beckoning Wild (Torrey House Press), and the lead author of a curriculum for poetry therapy "Discovering Inner Strengths: A Co-facilitative Poetry Therapy Curriculum for Groups" published by the National Association of Poetry Therapy Journal (2018). The former poetry editor of Contemporary Rural Social Work Journal, her editorials explore the poetics of place through the intersection of rural communities, poetry, and human services. She conducts workshops on “Poetry and Symbolic Landscapes,” “Poetry in the Canyons,” and pedagogy workshops on the teaching of poetry. She serves on the governing board of the Utah Humanities Council and is originally from Charlottesville, Virginia.



  • Invisible Shores, Red Butte Press: University of Utah. 2017.
  • Ruin and Light, Anabiosis Press: Boston, MA. 2014.