Dan O’Brien is a poet, playwright, and nonfiction writer whose recognition includes a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize, the Edward M. Kennedy Prize, the Horton Foote Prize, and two PEN America Awards. He has taught at Princeton University, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and elsewhere. O’Brien’s five poetry collections are Survivor’s Notebook, Our Cancers, Scarsdale, New Life, and War Reporter. A collection of O’Brien’s essays on playwriting, A Story That Happens, was published in the UK and in the US in 2021. In 2023 he
published his memoir, From Scarsdale: A Childhood, and a collection of plays, True Story: A Trilogy. In 2024 his play Newtown, winner of the 2024 Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation Theatre Visions Fund Award, received its world premiere at Geva Theatre. O’Brien lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.