Daniel Clarkson Fisher is a Toronto-based writer completing a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media at Ryerson University. His thesis work is the Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project — a web-based, audiovisual archive inspired by his partner Stephanie Lyn and her family.

Danny is a columnist for PopMatters, and has written for Alternet, New Politics, Nonfics, Bright Lights Film Journal, Culture Matters, Diabolique, Religion Dispatches, Tricycle, and the Journal of Religion and Film, among other publications. He has also co-edited one book and contributed chapters to three others. In addition, his video essay “We Sleep: On the Enduring Propheticism of John Carpenter’s They Live (1988)” was named a Vimeo Staff Pick in April of 2017.

Before changing fields, Danny worked in academia for several years as a scholar of Buddhist practical theology. He was an associate professor and department chair at University of the West in Los Angeles, CA, and also taught for Hartford Seminary and on Antioch Education Abroad’s Buddhist Studies in India program.

Danny has presented at conferences including the American Academy of Religion; the Society for Cinema and Media Studies; and the Emerging Scholars Symposium on Oral History, Digital Storytelling, and Creative Practice. He is proud to be a member of both the Seminary Co-op Bookstore and the Oral History Association.

8385541594_1d9aa26991_oWatch Danny’s conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and activist Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski, Tron, True Grit) and Greyston’s late founder Bernie Glassman for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ ALOUD series here. (Photo by Gary Leonard.)