Daniel Y. Harris
Daniel Y. Harris holds a Master of Arts in Divinity from The University of Chicago, where he specialized in the history and hermeneutics of religion and wrote his dissertation on The Zohar. He is the author of Hyperlinks of Anxiety(Cervena Barva Press, 2012), Paul Celan and the Messiah’s Broken Levered Tongue: An Exponential Dyad (with Adam Shechter, Cervena Barva Press, 2010; picked by The Jewish Forward as one of the 5 most important Jewish poetry books of 2010) and Unio Mystica (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2009). He is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee.
Some of his poetry, experimental writing, art, and essays have been published in BlazeVOX, The Café Irreal, Convergence, Denver Quarterly, European Judaism, Exquisite Corpse, The New York Quarterly, In Posse Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Mad Hatters’ Review, Moria Poetry Journal, The Other Voices International Project, The Pedestal Magazine, Poetry Magazine.com, Poetry Salzburg Review, P.R.A Publishing, SoMa Literary Review, Stride Magazine, Wheelhouse Magazine, Wilderness House Literary Review, Ygdrasil, and Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture.
His sculptures, paintings and mixed-media assemblages have been exhibited at The Jewish Community Library of San Francisco, Market Street Gallery, The Euphrat Museum, The Center for Visual Arts, and Dolly Fiterman Fine Arts, among others.
He was born in Paris, France, has lived in Boston, Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Sonoma County, and now lives in Orange County with his wife Tracy, a Professor of French, and their sons, Marc and Spencer. His website is www.danielyharris.com.
M. Div. The University of Chicago
- The History and Hermeneutics of Religion
- Certifying Examinations in Western Religious Tradition and Religion in the Modern World: (A) Sacred Scriptures of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, (B) Post-Canonical Periods to the Sixteenth Century, (C) Sixteenth to 20th century
- Dissertation: “Kabbalah by Writing in Moses de Leon, Gershom Scholem and Harold Bloom.”
- Committee: Dr. Paul Ricoeur, Dr. David Tracy, Dr. Beth Ash, Dr. Lynn Poland
B. A The University of Denver
- Majors in Philosophy, Religious Studies and English with a minor in Jewish Studies, Magna Cum Laude; Golden Key National Honor Society
- The Hornbeck Scholar Award
- Academic Adviser: Dr. Carl Raschke
Adjunct Faculty, Sonoma State University, 2007
Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
- Perspectives on the Holocaust and Genocide
Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, 2006
University of California, Berkeley Extension
- Poetry of the Sacred: Rumi, Moses De Leon, Dante Alighieri
Adult Education Institutes
Faculty, Lehrhaus Judaica, Berkeley California, 2002-2007
Selected Course Titles
- Zohar: The Essence of Jewish Mysticism
- The History of Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah
- The Great Kabbalists: Abraham Abulafia, Moses de Leon, Isaac Luria
- Shabbatai Tzvi: The Mystical Messiah & Jewish Messianism
- Sigmund Freud and The Jewish Mystical Tradition
- Sigmund Freud, Moses and Monotheism
- Darkness and Light: A Modern Psychology of Kabbalah
- Anti-Prophets in Jewish Interpretation Today: Martin Buber, Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt
- Who was “J,” The First Author of The Hebrew Bible?
- The Golem: The Artificial Anthropoid in Jewish History
- Demons, Golems and Dybbuks: Monsters of the Jewish Imagination
- Shakespeare and Kabbalah: The Merchant of Venice and The Tempest
- On the Edge of Literary Art, God and Culture: Franz Kafka, Paul Celan, Edmond Jabes
- Franz Kafka: Exemplary Jewish Writer
- The Golden Age of Spanish-Jewish Poetry: Samuel Nagid, Solomon ibn Gabirol, Moses ibn Ezra, Abraham ibn Ezra, Judah Halevi
- Jewish Men and Women of the French Resistance
- Mystical Anti-Semitism: The Myth of Satan
- “The History of Hermeneutics,” guest lecturer for Communications Studies 200: Qualitative Methods, Dr. David Zukerman, Department of Communication Studies, College of Arts and Letters, Cal State University, Sacramento, Sacramento CA. 2010
- “French, Jewish and Maquis: My Grandparents in the French Resistance (1939–1945),” 24th Annual Sonoma State University Holocaust Lecture Series, Rohnert Park, CA. 2007
- “Erotic Kabbalah,” The 2nd Annual Bureau of Jewish Education/Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County, Feast of Jewish Learning: Telling Secrets/Revealing Mysteries, Santa Rosa, CA. 2007
- “The Dybbuk,” “The Metamorphosis,” “Satan in Goray,” “Angels in America,” “The Puttermesser Paper;” hosted by Nextbook and the American Library Association and presented by Daniel Y. Harris in a five week lecture series entitled, Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature Discussion Series: Demons, Golems, and Dybbuks: Monsters of the Jewish Imagination at the Moraga Library, Moraga CA. 2006
- “Sigmund Freud: History, Judaism and Kabbalah,” The Jewish Community Library and The Bureau of Jewish Education; a community-wide commemoration of Sigmund Freud’s 150th birthday at the Jewish Community Library, San Francisco CA. 2006
- “Kabbalah and the 21st Century—Is it Still Relevant?” Getting to the Core, Jewish Educators’ Conference, Contra Costa Jewish Community Center and The East Bay Jewish Federation, Walnut Creek CA. 2004
- The Underworld of Lesser Degrees
(New York Quarterly Books, forthcoming, 2013)
- The New Arcana
(with John Amen, New York Quarterly Books, forthcoming, 2012)
- Hyperlinks of Anxiety
(Cervena Barva Press, forthcoming, 2012
- Paul Celan and the Messiah’s Broken Levered Tongue: An Exponential Dyad
(with Adam Shechter, Cervena Barva Press, 2010)
- Unio Mystica
(Cross-Cultural Communications Press, 2009)
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
- Paul Celan and the Messiah’s Broken Levered Tongue: A Exponential Dyad, picked as one of “the five most important Jewish poetry books of 2010” by the staff of The Jewish Daily Forward, 2010.
- Award-Winner in the “Poetry: Anthologies” category of the 2010 International Book Awards, View from the Middle of the Road IV, edited and Compiled by Lucinda Clark, PRA Publishing, 2010.
- Nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize for “Baseball” and “The Last Romantic” published in View from the Middle of the Road IV: Pathway to Dreams, Edited and Compiled by Lucinda Clark, PRA Publishing, 2009.
- Nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize for “Orchard” published in Unio Mystica, poems by Daniel Y. Harris, Cross-Cultural Communications, 2009.
- Nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize for “I” published in The Blue Jew Yorker.
- Poets & Writers
- The New York Quarterly Foundation
- Modern Language Association
- University of Chicago Alumni Association
- Alliance for the Study of the Holocaust, Sonoma State University