Daniel Thomas was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has an MFA in poetry from Seattle Pacific University, as well as an MA in film and a BA in literature. His graduate degree in film led him to Twin Cities Public Television, where he was the video editor of an Emmy Award-winning national PBS series and producer of local documentaries. He went on to become COO of the PBS station. His long career in nonprofit management includes work as an executive director and a chief development officer.
In addition to writing poetry, Dan plays the guitar and writes music. For six years he served as vice-chair of the American Composers Forum. Dan is the father of three grown children. He and his wife, Ellie, moved to Santa Barbara, California in 2015.