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Dennis Daly was born in Salem Massachusetts. He graduated from Boston College with a B.S. degree and earned a Master of Arts degree in English Literature at Northeastern University.

For ten years Daly worked for the General Electric Company. He became a union activist and was elected into the leadership of the 9000 member Local 201 of the International Union of Electrical Workers. During these years he published and edited The Union Activist and the North Shore Union Leader. He also was the managing editor of the Electrical Union News.

Daly has been published or is scheduled to be published in magazines and small poetry journals such as The Sou’wester, The Lyric, Boston Today Magazine, Soundings East, Tendril, Poetry &, Dark Horse, Green House, Lyrical Somerville, Muddy River Poetry Review, Istanbul Literary Review,Wilderness House Literary Review, Bagels with the Bards Anthologies, Realms of the Mothers Anthology, Lummox, Zig Zag Folios, Fresh Broth, The Boston Poetry Magazine,  Ibbetson Street, Fox Chase Review, the Aurorean,The Endicott Review, SpoKes, Sunday Poet, Constellations Magazine, Peacock Journal, Solstice and he is included with two other poets in a chapbook entitled 10 X 3, published by Northeastern University Press. He has been nominated for six Pushcart prizes-- the first for work published in 2012 (Ibbetson Street), then for 2013 (Wilderness House Literary Review),  2014 (both Muddy River Poetry Review and The Aurorean),  2015 (Muddy River), and 2016 (Muddy River).  He was also nominated by Fox Chase Review for Best On The Web 2014 Poetry Anthology. Daly reads his poems occasionally and has featured at a number of venues. He is a member of the Bagel Bards, a group of poets and artists, who meet weekly in Somerville. He regularly writes literary reviews for the Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene. He also occasionally writes reviews for The Somerville Times, Wilderness House Literary Review, The Fox Chase Review in Philadelphia, Ibbetson Street, Notre Dame Review, and The Boston Girl Guide.

His first book of poems, The Custom House, was published by Ibbetson Street Press in June of 2012. His translation of Sophocles' Ajax was  published as a paperback in July of 2012 by Wilderness House Press. Daly's third book of poetry entitled Night Walking with Nathaniel was published by Dos Madres Press of Loveland Ohio in May of 2014.

A fourth book titled The Sentinel was published by Red Dashboard Publishing in September of 2016.

Daly's fifth book, a translation,  titled 21 Ghazals by Alisher Navoiy, was published in December 2016 by Cervena Barva Press.

In addition Daly has published travel articles and many op-ed pieces in the Salem Evening News. He has travelled widely in Central Asia.

On November 12, 2015 the classics department of Skidmore College sponsored and U.S. veterans performed a professionally directed dramatic reading of Daly's translation of Sophocles' Ajax at Skidmore College.

Daly lives in Salem Massachusetts with his wife, Joanne. They have four adult children.