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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Daniel S. Libman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Libman is an English instructor at Northern Illinois University and lives in rural Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Daniel S. Libman teaches Rhetoric, Composition and Developmental Writing at Northern Illinois University. He has published stories and essays in many journals and magazines including ''Details'', ''Other Voices'', ''Columbia'', ''The Paris Review'', ''The Baffler'', ''Santa Monica Review'', and ''The Chicago Reader''. His story ''In the Belly of the Cat'' has been anthologized many times and translated into several languages, including Italian and Russian. In addition to writing and teaching, Dan serves as Book Reviews Editor for ''Fifth Wednesday Journal''.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Married but Looking
ISBN: 1604890797

Livingston Press (AL). 2011

Fiction. Unabashedly funny—at turns dirty, revolting, tender and sarcastic—Daniel S. Libman's stories bring us a new style that is part inner dialogue, part comic monologue—Grace Paley meets Charles Bukowski. Armed with a comic's wit and a poet's ear, Libman celebrates marriage by excoriating what it falls prey to and must overcome: adultery, lusts and longings, dalliances both real and imagined. Here we see the fantasies of the adulterer, the dark paranoid world of the cuckold, and surprisingly, the willingness of couples to stay together, with their tenuous, often funny steps forward after transgression. Taken together, these short works are a testament to the marriage and its demands of love, humor, and the sheer persistence of the human heart.

A widower celebrates the end of his life by preparing a fancy dinner for a call girl. A young opera singer finds her boyfriend is engaged to someone else. A man forces his wife to ride a tandem bike with him as penance for cheating. A man valiantly attempts to prevent his wife from selling their wedding dress at a garage sale.


Pushcart Prize for fiction Paris Review discovery Prize, now known as the Plimpton Prize

Speaking Engagements

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