Daniel David Moses is registered as a Delaware Indian, though he hails from the Six Nations lands located on the Grand River near Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He holds an Honours B.A. from York University (Toronto,Ontario) and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia.
He worked from 1979 as an independent, Toronto-based artist, at first as a poet and, subsequently, as a playwright, dramaturge, editor, essayist, teacher and artist-, playwright- or writer-in-residence with institutions as varied as Theatre Passe Muraille, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the University of British Columbia, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Windsor, the University of Toronto (Scarborough), the Sage Hill Writing Experience, McMaster University and Concordia University. Daniel now serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Oskana Poetry and Poetics book series of the University of Regina Press.
He also served on the boards of the Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts, Native Earth Performing Arts and the Playwrights Union of Canada (now the Playwrights Guild of Canada) and co-founded (with Lenore Keeshig-Tobias and Tomson Highway) the short-lived but influential Committee to Re-Establish the Trickster. In 2003, he was appointed as a Queen’s National Scholar to the Department of Drama at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where he is Professor Emeritus (2019). In 2016, he was Inducted as a Fellow to The Royal Society of Canada.
Moses is the author of plays, poetry and essays. His plays include ‘Coyote City’, a 1991 Governor General’s Literary Award nominee, ‘The Indian Medicine Shows’, the 1996 James Buller Memorial Award winner and, his classic work, ‘Almighty Voice and His Wife’, will be remounted by Soulpepper Theatre (Toronto ON) in Fall 2019. His poetry collections are in book form at ‘Delicate Bodies’, ‘The White Line’, ‘Sixteen Jesuses’ and a CD, ‘River Range, Poems’ with original music by David DeLeary. ‘A Small Essay on the Largeness of Light and Other Poems’ was published in 2012. His essays are collected in ‘Pursued by a Bear: Talks, Monologues and Tales’.
Daniel David Moses passed away suddenly on July 13, 2020.