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Dan Poorman

Writer & Editor

Location icon United States

Most recently, I worked as a full-time proofreader, copy editor, and copywriter at ChaseDesign in Skaneateles, New York. Now, as a contract copywriter and editor, I collaborate with brands and professionals to make their products, services, and stories sing.

I'm also a freelance journalist, having covered music, arts, and culture for Advance Media New York in Syracuse, New York. My feature reporting and criticism have also appeared in The New York Times, and The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina.

I write short fiction, too, and have over five years of experience in professional tutoring (English and communications) at both the secondary and higher education levels.

I'm always looking for more opportunities in editing and writing. Drop me a line if you think we should work together—or if you want to talk about your favorite bands and horror movies.

MA Arts Journalism, Syracuse University
BA Creative Writing, SUNY Purchase College

Portfolio

FEATURES & PROFILES

Central New York Magazine: The Good Life
05/01/2018
Forces of nature

Feature on Orenda Springs in the May/June 2018 issue, pages 50-55.

syracuse
03/06/2019
For Cortland 'veggie-folk' band The Local Farmers Union, 'It all comes back to food'

On a snowy Tuesday evening in February, chef Elias Kushner starts dinner. This isn't his kitchen -- it's his friend, Bobcat Bonagura's -- but this is his ritual. With noticeable finesse, Kushner is chopping fresh onions, carrots and cabbage from Bonagura's farm; tossing them in a pan to sizzle and carefully seasoning it all. His meal prep is almost symphonic. Then again, for Kushner, Bonagura and their two other farmer pals, Bret Morris and Nate Funke, all food is music. Literally.

syracuse.com
12/27/2018
Meet Hunter Foster: Redhouse's new artistic director

Look to the front of the former Sibley's Department Store Building on 400 South Salina Street and you'll notice a sign for the Redhouse Arts Center that acts, appropriately this holiday season, as the bow on a new gift to downtown Syracuse. The local nonprofit, best known for its diverse theater offerings and commitment to arts education, makes a promise in its tagline: "Art is in the house." Also in the house is the company's new artistic director, Hunter Foster.

syracuse.com
07/24/2018
The Bacon Brothers: On the road and stronger than ever

After 25 years of making music together, the Bacon Brothers are just now experiencing their largest tour yet, playing more dates in the summer months alone than their usual year-round average.

The Post and Courier
05/27/2016
Arturo O'Farrill keeps Cuban conversation alive

On December 17, 2014, Cuban-American pianist and composer Arturo O'Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra gathered around a television set in Havana to hear something monumental.

COPYWRITING

ChaseDesign
Chobani + Meijer Yogurt Aisle Reinvention | ChaseDesign

We knew that in order to deliver a design solution that could make up for lost numbers, we'd have to dive deep into the yogurt category, then cross-reference our findings with the specific needs of Meijer shoppers and zero in on growing Chobani. So that's what we did, and here's what we discovered.

ChaseDesign
The Ellipsis

One of four "grammar & style guide" posters created internally for ChaseDesign.

ChaseDesign
Hyphens & Dashes

One of four "grammar & style guide" posters created internally for ChaseDesign.

ChaseDesign
The Ampersand

One of four "grammar & style guide" posters created internally for ChaseDesign.

ChaseDesign
The Oxford Comma

One of four "grammar & style guide" posters created internally for ChaseDesign.

REVIEWS & BLOG POSTS

syracuse.com
03/15/2019
Ithaca loves Punch Brothers, and for good reason (Review)

Before picking on a groovy jig called "Jungle Bird" on Thursday night at the State Theatre of Ithaca, the members of the progressive bluegrass supergroup Punch Brothers engaged in a friendly spat about squirrels. It all started when vocalist-mandolinist Chris Thile polled the crowd on the Tiki cocktail for which the song is named.

syracuse.com
09/02/2018
Long live Ozzy Osbourne (review)

Yesterday in Syracuse was a big deal. A record 134,115 bodies flooded the Great New York State Fair. This fleet, no doubt, sought a litany of pleasures. Some came for the cows; some, for butter art; others, for newfangled glazed donut sandwiches and vodka milkshakes; some more, for ZZ Top at Chevy Court. A sizable faction, though, took to the lake to behold the Prince of Darkness himself, pushing 70 and celebrating his retirement from the road -- again.

syracuse.com
07/29/2018
Yanni deserves praise in every language (Review)

Who is Yanni? To that, there are a few answers. For starters, he's a smiley, mustachioed man with a dramatic mane of hair and an affinity for white linen pants. Think Super Mario if he became a yoga instructor.

syracuse.com
11/20/2017
John Carpenter lives his truth in Syracuse (Review)

It is in the best interest of every filmmaker to take up an instrument, form a band with his family members and perform, in front of a live audience, selections from his film scores as clips from said films play on a giant projector behind him.

syracuse.com
04/30/2017
Carrie Newcomer enlightens Syracuse to 'the sacred ordinary' at Samaritan Center benefit (Review)

"Because some things just have to be / Exactly what they are, / And a song must be sung / One way or another." Those are the last four lines of Carrie Newcomer's poem, "Singing in the Kitchen," which she read to an audience of more than 200 women and men on Sunday during a benefit concert for the Samaritan Center at Park Central Presbyterian Church in Syracuse.

syracuse.com
04/10/2017
The Slackers don't slack (review)

When The Slackers played this tune on Sunday, April 9 at a hopping Funk 'N Waffles Downtown, it felt like the start of the weekend again. 

MULTIMEDIA & PODCAST APPEARANCES

MUSIC COLUMN

CREATIVE WRITING

HelloHorror
10/2015
Cut Off

Horror microfiction.

Lockjaw Magazine
05/2015
#LOCKJAWCYOA: 7.26

Installment in original, multi-author "Choose Your Own Adventure" piece.

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