Danielle Geller

Danielle Geller
Assistant Professor, Graduate Advisor
Office: FIA 239

BA (Shippensburg), MFA (Arizona), MS (Simmons College)

Area of expertise

Creative nonfiction, memoir, speculative fiction, documentary studies, archives.


Danielle Geller is a writer of personal essays and memoir. Her first book, Dog Flowers (One World/Random House, 2021), was a finalist for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes’s Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize and the Jim Deva Prize for Writing that Provokes.

Her essays have appeared in MaisonneuveGuernica, The Paris Review Daily, The New Yorker, and Brevity, and has been anthologized in Sharp Notions: Essays on the Stitching Life; The Lyric Essay as Resistance: Truth from the MarginsThis Is the Place: Women Writing About Home; and The Diné Reader: An Anthology of Navajo Literature.

She received her MFA from the University of Arizona and, in addition to UVic, also teaches creative writing at the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. 

She is­­­ a daughter of the Navajo Nation: born to the Tsi’naajinii, born for the bilagaana.

Selected publications

"Blood; Quantum", Brevity, Sept. 12, 2016.

"Annotating the first page of the first Navajo-English dictionary", The New Yorker, Nov. 7, 2017.