Danielle Dutton is the author of a collection of hybrid prose pieces, Attempts at a Life, the novels SPRAWL and Margaret the First, and (with artist Richard Kraft) the collaborative collage project Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera. Her writing has appeared in international venues such as Harper’s, BOMB, The Guardian, The Paris Review, and The White Review.
In 2009, Dutton co-founded the acclaimed feminist press Dorothy, a publishing project. The press was named for Dutton’s great aunt Dorothy Traver, a librarian who drove a bookmobile through the backroads of Southern California, delivering books to rural desert communities. Over the past decade, Dorothy (which Dutton runs with her husband, Martin Riker) has published an eclectic array of titles that have gone on to receive national attention, from Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi's Whiting Award-winning novel Fra Keeler to The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington and Renee Gladman's Ravickian series. The press offers internships to Washington University students.
Dutton holds a PhD from the University of Denver, an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Before joining the faculty at Wash U in 2011, she was the book designer at Dalkey Archive Press and an instructor in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.