Dan is a long-time active member of Kansas Authors Club in District 5. He served KAC in many ways: Prose contest manager (2017-18), presenter and panel member at several KAC state conventions, D5 vice-president (2020), state convention committee (2019), presenter at D5 meetings, prose and poetry contest winner in several KAC writing contests, and in many other ways.
Dan received his B.A. in Journalism from Wichita State University in 1981. He worked as a reporter and journalist for fourteen different newspapers, and gained his M.A. in Communication from WSU in 1993. He had been an editor at The Wichita Eagle prior to taking a position as Associate Professor in the Elliot School of Communication at WSU. Dan's career included radio broadcasting, public relations, advertising, photography and design. He has written award-winning fiction and poetry, and was adviser of the WSU student paper, THE SUNFLOWER for sixteen years. He was a DART Fellow at Columbia University in New York in 2011.