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Daniel Masterson

Daniel  Masterson

Daniel Masterson

Professor Emeritus

Academic II, Room 2139


Dan Masterson is the longest serving faculty member at RCC. He came to the College in 1964 after a multifaceted career spanning such diverse occupations as narrator, disc jockey, lay missionary worker, advertising copywriter, theatrical public relations director and high school teacher.

Professor Masterson is most widely recognized for his poetry. He was appointed Poet Laureate of Rockland County in 2009 and Poet-in-Residence at RCC in 2012 – the first so named for each post. He has authored five collections of poetry, and his narrative and lyric verses have appeared in an eclectic array of journals, magazines and anthologies. He has given more than 1,000 poetry readings, lectures and seminars on the national poetry circuit.

As Poet-in-Residence, Professor Masterson works with students both at RCC and at local high schools to enhance their understanding and appreciation of poetry, and to mentor budding poets in the creation of their own work.

A recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Professor Masterson also served for 18 years as an adjunct full professor at Manhattanville College, directing the poetry and screenwriting programs. Syracuse University, his alma mater, assumed stewardship of “The Dan Masterson Papers” in 2006.


  • BS Radio/TV, Syracuse University, 1956


  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1977
  • Two SUNY writing fellowships
  • Poetry Northwest Bullis Prize
  • The Borestone Mountain Poetry Award
  • Pushcart Prize, 1978
  • Pushcart Prize, 1988
  • The CCLM Fels Award

Professional Accomplishments

  • Rockland County Poet Laureate, since 2009
  • RCC Poet-in-Residence, since 2012
  • “The Dan Masterson Papers,” Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University, 2006
  • Contribution Editor, Pushcart Prize Anthology
  • Dan Masterson Prize in Screenwriting, Manhattanville College
  • Manuscript judge, The Associated Writing Program’s national manuscript competition
  • First Writer-in-Residence, Chautauqua Writers Center
  • Editor, Enskyment Poetry Anthology


Poetry Collections:

  • On Earth As It Is, University of Illinois Press, 1978
  • Those Who Trespass, University of Arkansas Press, 1985
  • World Without End, University of Arkansas Press, 1991
  • All Things, Seen and Unseen, University of Arkansas Press, 1997
  • His poems have been published in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies


  • More than 1,000 poetry readings, lectures and seminars on the national poetry circuit
  • Many poetry readings at RCC and in the Rockland community


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