Daniel Yu comes to Sequoyah after teaching at St. Mary’s College of Maryland as a visiting assistant professor of English. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Emory University as well as a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Irvine.
He has published peer-reviewed articles on 18th-century texts; additionally, his poems have been featured in various journals. In his teaching and scholarly work, he strives to uncover the ways in which our modern and supposedly rational sensibilities are etched with magical thinking. An enduring interest of his is the idea of the “free gift” as it appears in scriptures, mythologies, and infomercials.
He is eager to lead Sequoyah students in the practice of slow reading, taking a more deliberative approach to texts as well as to life.
Daniel enjoys science fiction in books, film, TV, and video games; and, when last he checked, he was still able to dunk a basketball. Recently, he and his partner welcomed a new addition to their family, and they are looking forward to becoming part of the big Sequoyah family.