Dan Halpern, Publisher and President of Ecco, was just named the recipient of its 2015 Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction—an award that recognizes an editor, publisher, or agent who over the course of his or her career has discovered, nurtured, and championed writers of fiction in the United States.
Dan is the author of nine collections of poetry, most recently Something Shining. For 25 years, Halpern edited the international literary magazine Antaeus, which he founded in Tangier with Paul Bowles. He has received many grants and awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and taught at Columbia University, The New School, and Princeton University. In 1978, he founded The National Poetry Series with James A. Michener, which oversees the publication of five books of poetry every year.
Among the authors he has worked with at both Ecco and Antaeus are Cormac McCarthy, Louise Gluck, Richard Ford, Anthony Bourdain, Joyce Carol Oates, Amy Tan, Tom Robbins, Jorie Graham, Philipp Meyer, Leonard Cohen, Lawrence Durrell, John Fowles, Russell Banks, Robert Stone, Patti Smith, Tobias Wolff, Charles Simic, Italo Calvino, Paul Bowles, Pete Dexter, Gay Talese, Erica Jong, Vendela Vida, T.C. Boyle, Jorge Luis Borges, John Ashbery, William Burroughs, William T. Vollmann, Tennessee Williams, Nell Freudenberger, Mark Strand, Natasha Trethewey, and many others.
Please join us in congratulating Dan on this much-deserved achievement!