Dan "Sully" Sullivan • Poet • Educator
Dan “Sully” Sullivan is the founder of the Urban Sandbox, an all ages poetry event curated entirely by high school students in Chicago currently entering its 15th year. He is an advocate for the power of poetry as a platform for inclusive and differentiated engagement in the classroom and the space it provides for individual expression in the lives of young adults. He is a founding student and former co-sponsor of the Oak Park River Forest High School Spoken Word Club, the largest program of its kind. Sully has appeared on HBO Def Poetry Jam, WGN Morning News, and National Public Radio. He is a three-time Chicago Poetry Slam Champion, a recipient of The Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award, the Earl S Ho Award for Excellence in Teaching Creative Writing, and an Indiana University Writer in South Asia Recipient. His poems have recently appeared in Habitat Lit Mag, Southside Weekly, and The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks. Sully’s first full-length book of poems, The Blue Line Home, is available from EM-Press.