Portrait by Lizeth Montoya.

Daniel Clarkson Fisher is a writer and aspiring librarian based in Toronto. He recently completed a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media at Ryerson University and is a contract lecturer in that program.

Danny’s writing has appeared in H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, PopMatters, the Oral History Review Blog, Diabolique, and many other publications. He has also presented at conferences including the Society for Cinema and Media Studies; the American Academy of Religion; and the Emerging Scholars Symposium on Oral History, Digital Storytelling, and Creative Practice. In addition, he has co-edited one book and contributed chapters to several others.

On top of his degree from Ryerson, Danny holds a Bachelor of Arts from Denison University in Granville, OH; a Master of Divinity from Naropa University in Boulder, CO; and a Doctorate in Buddhist Studies from University of the West in Rosemead, CA. During his three years of study at Naropa, he also served as a circulation assistant at the Allen Ginsberg Library.

Before deciding to pursue other career paths, Danny worked for several years as a scholar of Buddhist practical theology: he was an adjunct faculty member for Antioch Education Abroad’s Buddhist Studies in Bodh Gaya, India program; adjunct chaplaincy faculty at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, CT; and an associate professor and department chair at University of the West. In this capacity, he also interviewed Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges and Greyston founder Bernie Glassman about their book The Dude and the Zen Master for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’s ALOUD series in 2013.

A member of both the American Library Association and the Progressive Librarians Guild, Danny is currently applying to MLIS programs.

He lives with his wife Stephanie and their many books.