CHORUS – Portland release reading with Zachary Schomburg and Brandi Katherine Herrera

March 19th, 2023

I’m very excited and honored to be reading from CHORUS with two poet/artist friends on March 30 at 7pm at Stelo Arts (412 NW 8th, Portland, OR).

Poetry reading at Round Weather gallery with Brenda Hillman on Feb 23, 2023

January 22nd, 2023–daniela-naomi-molnar-reading-in-sets-3QdrdxLNfxqJhCpKxGAT6d

Feb 23, 2023

5:00 – 6:30 PM

Gallery doors open 5 PM, Reading starts 5:30 PM


The Round Weather Poetry Reading Series commences with a reading by Brenda Hillman and Daniela Naomi Molnar, both drawing from their new collections. They’ll read in two short sets that may respond to each other’s selections in the moment. The reading celebrates the release of Hillman’s In a Few Minutes Before Later (Wesleyan) and Molnar’s CHORUS (Omnidawn). It will take place within Molnar’s solo art show, also titled CHORUS.

Round Weather gallery is located at 951 Aileen St., Unit P, Oakland, CA 94608




CHORUS Publisher’s Weekly review

January 21st, 2023

Thank you to Publisher’s Weekly for the glowing review of CHORUS:

“Whose afterimage am I?” Molnar asks in her striking debut. These poems interrogate how the self connects and relates to the world around it, and how these influences shape a larger picture. Each titled “chorus” followed by a number (“chorus 1/ air” and “chorus 6/ map/ there is no time but the light remains”), they capture voices in conversation and harmony/disharmony with each other, “I’ve noticed how many good hearts have to stop/ to keep me clothed and fed/ I’ve noticed the callouses on other hands/ the splinters in paw pads/ the burrs in black feathers that, elsewise, ought to fly.” Writers are frequently invoked, including Bayo Akomolafe (“In this epoch of porous boundaries, our bodies cannot be considered apart from the stories we tell of them”), Alice Notley, Nietzsche, and W.S. Merwin. Poems about Ojito Canyon (“light advances up the canyon named Ojito, little eye/ black scatter of magpies in deepening blue”) provide beautiful descriptions complicated by anxiety, “Worry seeps through the slightest crack. Keep/ the body. Thinking is a truceless act.” These poems do not deliver tidy answers to the dilemmas of existence, but rather investigate the division and fragmentation with lyric urgency.


Solo show at Round Weather gallery

January 21st, 2023

“Daniela Naomi Molnar: CHORUS rings out from Round Weather, and we’ve timed Molnar’s first solo exhibition of sorrow-forged cyanotypes and wonder-foraged watercolors in concert with the release of her first book of poems CHORUS, winner of the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Award.” See images and read more here…

OPB Art Beat profile

May 7th, 2022

This profile offers a good introduction to what I do and why I do it. I’m so grateful to all the good people who made it happen.

New essay in Variable West

April 28th, 2022

Color is a topic I’ve been obsessed with for a long time. This essay explores the potentially world-changing links between ecology and chromophilia (love of color) via the work of Alma Thomas, Mark Rothko, the Wizard of Oz, Jorie Graham, David Batchelor, Milan Kundera, and more.

This essay was written as part of a residency sponsored by Stelo Arts and Variable West.


Jewish Review profile

April 7th, 2022

I’m honored by this unique take on my art practice!

Kerri Politzer writes: “Daniela Molnar’s artistry has taken her down a circuitous path from ecology to scientific illustration to poetry. Now, it is leading her back to her Jewish roots. The artist and writer, who is the granddaughter of four Holocaust survivors, is involved in multiple projects that address the Jewish experience from a variety of perspectives.”

Read the rest of the profile here:

New essay in Oregon Humanities magazine

January 17th, 2022

“How to Build a Kite: On ecology, grief, and the illusion of closure”

Thanks to Sophia Hatzikos for the gorgeous photographs and to the excellent editors at Oregon Humanities.


Omnidawn 2021 1st/2nd Book Prize

July 15th, 2021

I’m astounded and overjoyed to announce that my manuscript chorus was chosen by Kazim Ali as the winner of Omnidawn‘s 2021 1st/2nd Book Prize. The book will be published in October 2022. Details to come…

Anchorage Art Museum Podcast

May 28th, 2021

EP 015 Glacial Erratics Part 2: Understanding our relationship with mutations, kin and hybrid bodies

It was a delight and an honor to be part of this conversation about “Mutations, Kin and Hybrid Bodies.” Mixed media artist Flavia D’Urso, artist and engineer Jiabao Li and artist Tyler Rai and I spoke about the ever-changing conditions of climate change, how our interdependence across species presents hybridized forms of collaboration and how, as a result, we are challenged to expand the ways we understand change and resilience.