Daniel grew up and attended college in New Jersey, then moved to the Boston area for law school. He worked for several years as a corporate/securities attorney before throwing caution to the winds and pursuing a career in creative writing. After his partner (and future husband), Leo Cabranes-Grant, accepted a university teaching position in California, Daniel moved with him to Santa Barbara.

Several of Daniel's books have won or been named a finalist for awards, and some of his short stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Dozens of his stories, essays, and articles have appeared in anthologies, literary journals and newspapers in many countries and languages. His work has been taught in college and university courses. He holds degrees from Princeton University (A.B.), Harvard Law School (J.D.), and Vermont College (M.F.A.).

Other Works

  • The Grand Sex Tour Murders

  • Foreign Affairs: Male Tales of Lust & Love

  • Yeled Tov

  • The Genealogy of Understanding

  • Jewish Gentle and Other Stories of Gay-Jewish Living

  • The Limits of Pleasure, a novel (reprint--originally published in 2001)

  • One-Foot Lover (fiction chapbook)

  • With Signs and Wonders: An International Anthology of Jewish Fabulist Fiction

  • Here Comes The Messiah! (translation)


Awards and Recognition

  • Selected as one of the Ten Favorite Books of 2022 by Out in Print: Queer Book Reviews--"The Grand Sex Tour Murders."
  • One of Kirkus Reviews' Best Indie Short Story Collections and Books of 2020--"Foreign Affairs"
  • Finalist and Honorable Mention--Rainbow Award for "Yeled Tov" (2018-19)
  • Fellowship--Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residency (2010)
  • Finalist and Honorable Mention--Rainbow Award for "The Genealogy of Understanding" (2014)
  • Finalist--American Fiction Prize, for "Mauricio Fabiano Weinstein," a short story (2009)
  • Outstanding Instructor Award in Online Writing Education, UCLA Extension Writers’ Program (2006)
  • First Place--John E. Profant Foundation for the Arts Literature Competition (2003)
  • Finalist--ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, for "The Limits of Pleasure," a novel (2002)
  • Finalist--Unity Fest, NY, for "Bibi and Joe," a one-act play (2001)
  • Finalist--Sierra Repertory Theatre’s competition, for "Private Matters," a two-act play (1996)