Dan was born in New York City, New York in 1952. When his father died in 1960, his mother decided to return to California. She managed to raise seven children and do well despite trying circumstances. Dan was the first of his family to complete a college education. He graduated from San Francisco State University in 1975 with a degree in Sociology and in 1985 went back to obtain an elementary teacher's credential. He began teaching in 1987 and for a while writing was set aside. He married in 1989 and soon the muse moved again as he began a return to writing. Science fiction, being a long time fascination, was where he began. During that time, he also made a return to writing and performing poetry in San Francisco's open mic scene, notably at Sacred Grounds Cafe, where his is the current curator. He's had poetry published in magazines and presented a number of readings in the Bay Area. Although, at first, his readings consisted mostly of haiku, he experienced a rekindled interest in lyric poetry. Most recently he has published three collections of poetry, the completion of two Science fiction manuscripts for young adults, and several children's book manuscripts.