memoir-in-essays forthcoming from Penguin Canada, spring 2023

finalist for a 2021 Canadian National Magazine Award in personal journalism

Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2020 (The Best American Essays 2021)

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"Headstrong," in Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, Spring 2019 (21.1)

"A Vocabulary for Apostates," in The Rumpus, May 2020

"The Glow of Electrum," in The Malahat Review, Summer 2020, with interview on the essay. The essay is a finalist for a 2021 National Magazine Award in Personal Journalism, Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2020 (Best American Essays 2021)


"After Leaving the Jehovah's Witnesses, I Am Writing My Way to the Truth," in Electric Literature, October 2020

"The Witness is Complicit," in TriQuarterly, Winter 2021 (159), reprinted as "Conflagration and Catastrophe: On Jehovah's Witnesses and the Doom of COVID-19" in Literary Hub, January 2021

"My Heart is a Bibliography: On Being a Writer Without a University Degree," in Catapult, July 2021

"Occult Following" in Maisonneuve, Fall 2021, reprinted in Reader's Digest Canada, May 2022

"Death Trap" in The Florida Review (Fall 2021)

+ Essay forthcoming in The Malahat Review, Summer 2022



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Daniel Allen Cox’s fourth novel is his most assured and accomplished to date...Mouthquake is a
moving, poetic ride that defies expectation but keeps the reader grounded for its duration.

Zoe Whittall, author of Bottle Rocket Hearts and The Best Kind of People, in Quill & Quire (STARRED REVIEW)

Cox's splintered narrative, polished to an incisive gloss, bristles with both mischief and menace.

Publisher's Weekly

Mouthquake is the subject of the essay "Prendre parole: le bégaiements queer dans Mouthquake de Daniel Allen Cox" by Domenico A. Beneventi in QuébeQueer (les Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 2020)


Daniel Allen Cox (he/him) is an essayist, novelist, editor, and translator based in Montreal, Quebec. He is represented by Akin Akinwumi at Willenfield Literary Agency.

Daniel is the author of the novels Shuck, Krakow Melt, Basement of Wolves, and Mouthquake, all published by Arsenal Pulp Press. A hardcover edition of Shuck was published by InsideOut Books.


His memoir-in-essays is forthcoming from Penguin Canada in spring 2023.

Daniel's essays and short fiction appear or are forthcoming in CatapultElectric Literature, The Florida ReviewTriQuarterly, The Malahat ReviewThe RumpusFourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, Maisonneuve, Open Book TorontoXtra!, Filling Station, Word Riot, Lambda Literary, The Advocate, and in anthologies by Arsenal Pulp Press and Lethe Press.

His essay "The Glow of Electrum" was a finalist for a 2021 National Magazine Award in Personal Journalism and was named a Notable essay in The Best American Essays 2021.

An excerpt of Daniel's novel Mouthquake was translated for Nova Istra and was the first queer text to be published in the Chakavian dialect of Croatian. Mouthquake is the subject of the essay "Prendre parole: le bégaiements queer dans Mouthquake de Daniel Allen Cox" by Domenico A. Beneventi in QuébeQueer (les Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 2020)

Daniel's work has been nominated for the Lambda Literary Award, the Ferro-Grumley Award, the ReLit Award, the Expozine Alternative Press Award, and the American Library Association Over the Rainbow List. He is a recipient of grants from Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. He has chaired and participated in numerous juries, including the Lambda Literary Awards and the Manitoba Book Awards. 

Daniel was a juror for the 2021 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers.

Daniel has appeared at Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, GritLit, Thin Air (Winnipeg), Ottawa International Writers Festival, Westfest (Ottawa), Columbia College Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, KGB Bar (NYC) and on CBC Radio One. Daniel has been a writer-in-residence in Croatia and on La Gomera in the Canary Islands.

He is past president of the Quebec Writers' Federation, where he has also served as a writing mentor.


Email: daniel (at) danielallencox (dot) net

Twitter: @danielallencox

For all publishing, rights, and events inquiries, please contact Akin Akinwumi at Willenfield Literary Agency: admin (at) willenfield (dot) com


Photo by Alison Slattery