Biography of Daniel Dahlquist


Professor of Speech Communication


  • Ph.D. Speech Communication – Performance Studies Southern Illinois University
  • M.F.A. Iowa Writer’s Workshop University of Iowa


  • Speech 2250 Communication and Leadership in Small Groups
  • Speech 3250 Interpersonal Communication


Daniel Dahlquist received his Ph.D. in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Performance Studies in 1989 from Southern Illinois University.  Dahlquist was Director of Forensics (Competitive Speaking and Interpreting) at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for five years.  He currently teaches Interpersonal Communication, Leadership and Communication in Small Groups, and Public Speaking at UW-Platteville.  Dahlquist studied with poet and novelist James Dickey in the early 1980's, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1984.  He has published two books of poetry, Speech to the Dead People and The Highwheel Rider.  In April, 2005 he was one of three Iowa poets chosen to perform at the Des Moines National Poetry Festival with Poet Laureate/Pulitzer Prize winning poets Ted Kooser and Billy Collins.  A believer in the public performance of poetry, Dahlquist performs his own work in many college and university settings and for a wide range of arts and civic organizations.  In addition to teaching poetry workshops, Dahlquist also offers workshops in storytelling and the performance of poetry.  His collaboration with the renowned pianist Eugene Alcalay, entitled PianoPoetry, represents one of the highlights of his career at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.


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