About Me

The poems throughout this website were written to be a true and accurate account of my life.  I’ve even gone back to some of my earlier work and slightly changed the wording and content to increase accuracy and readability.  I found this important to do so because of the increasing popularity of my writings, and overall sloppiness when I first started to produce work.

It’s important to understand the progression of my illness when reading my poetry.  The delusions and hallucinations where present throughout my twenties, and I didn’t start recovering until my early 30’s (I am now 44 years of age).  My illness has changed over the course of time, and it is important to understand that when reading these works.

I recently made some major changes to the overall design, feel and intent of the website.  I changed the color scheme, title, subtitle and opening content.   I also deleted a lot of negative content, much of it directed at disability services, and changed the overall tone of voice.  I think this provides an overall more pleasant and positive feel to the website.

Currently I work full time as a delivery driver and entrepreneur, and write during my off time. I am currently able to live a relatively “normal” life, but my past still haunts me and their are still wounds from the trauma I’ve endured.  I think one way I cope is by trying to write and rationalize the things I have experienced in the past to better understand myself in the present.

I have worked as a peer support specialist, and am certified by the State of Ohio in this manner.  I taught computer classes for years but left due to stressful work conditions.  Working there helped me realize the various ways mental illness manifests itself. It was a useful, but oftentimes stressful, resource to better understand my condition.


I will continue to update my poetry blog on a monthly basis, so come back for additional content as I produce it.  Thank you for visiting!


If you need rights to use my works (which I usually grant) or something else you can contact me at this email:  schizophreniapoetry@gmail.com


20 Replies to “About Me”

  1. Can you…feel…that you have schizophrenia? Do voiced prevent you from NOT thinking? Do they fill up your ears and make you not believe that those around you are more than creations of your own mind, that all this world is all made by your mind? Do you ever wonder if maybe you can outsmart the very voices that plant ideas of the government controlling you? (I am facing problems like these and I wonder if they are shared by anybody. I am, as far as I know, completely healthy)

  2. Hi Gray

    How are you doing? are you still having these thoughts “that all this world is all made by your mind”

  3. Hi there –
    I came across your page randomly during a google search of “schizophrenia and parallel universes” I am an amateur writer and psychology student currently working on a novel connecting some cases of schizophrenia and connections to parallel universes. Hallucinations and delusions are really just a ‘switch’ in your brain causing your brain to observe the wrong reality.
    I’d like to speak with your more for my work if you are willing.
    Thank you!

  4. Hi there,
    I am extremely interested in talking to you about your experiences as a writer and the impact mental health has, or does not have on your work.
    I would love to speak with you further about this!
    Thank you

  5. Hi Dan , I would like to contact you but cannot find an email address for you. Could you please get in touch with me?


  6. Hey man whats up? I am diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic bi-polar. I was diagnosed at age 16 I am currently 28. What brought on my schizophrenia was a hallucinogenic tea made from the plant Datura. I also have wrote probably about 3000 one page to two page poems. Mostly one page though. I have had a lot of pain and voices telling me horrid was I would be tortured, that has since passed. One thing that really helped me cope was to capture my personal feelings in rhymes. I have had thoughts when I was around 17 that this world is a holographic projection and there is a masked authority running the show. I have had thoughts that I am being studied by some sort of scientific people. Kind of like a lab rat to intelligent aliens. I have had thoughts that I am in hell or purgatory. I have been able to recover a lot of “normal” functionability since I was younger but a lot remains unexplained. There is more to reality than many people know. I hope you keep writing it gives me peace to know im not the only person with these situations I am glad to hear your voice being brought to thee comfort of my home. I know very well whats its like to be a recluse.

  7. Dan ,
    I also suffer from a psychotic disorder and I deeply admire your poems for they are so true and very deep and I can relate to them so well as not many people understand what Schizophrenia is or how it feels your wording inspired me I to write poems if you interested In reading them please send me a email -Jordinleighbaker@hotmail.com

    Kind regards ,

  8. Hi my name is Dan. I am looking for people who want to share their experiences with mental illness, mental healthcare or the mental health system for the publication City Voices. Poetry too. We will only use your first name or a pen-name as author unless you specify to print your full name. If interested, email cityvoices1995[at]gmail[dot]com and I’ll send to you a PDF of our last issue to help you decide if you want to submit an article.

  9. Thank you Jennifer for mentioning CureTalk. I am glad that you eeojynd Dan’s interview. We feature interviews of experts as well as patients to increase awareness and inspire people dealing with similar health conditions. ThanksPriya

  10. Of course the meicoatidn was the most important thing in treating my disorder, and I would never want anyone not to take their meicoatidn. Simultaneously it is important for the doctor to monitor the side effects to make sure they don’t get out of control unnecessarily. Also I would imagine that treatment compliance would increase if the side effects of the meicoatidn were more tolerable. So I do think it is a factor that must be considered when dispensing meicoatidn.

  11. Hi Dan,
    I really enjoyed reading your poems and they’ve proven as a great inspiration for my college work.
    I’m doing a project as writing from the perspective of someone with schizophrenia, I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions through email?

    It would be an amazing help and I’d of course mention your name when presenting my project at college.

    Thank you!


  12. Good evening.

    I’m working on a Màsters dissertation looking at how people uses Blogs and Webpages to share their experiences with Mental disorders and uses conceptual metaphor to this end. I want to quote your page always recognizing you as the author and owner of your words. No quoting or using of your posts will be done out of this educational purpose.

    Thank you for sharing in such a clear way your thougts and feelings.

    Best Wishes from Barcelona Spain

    Pau Gimeno

  13. Hi Dan,

    I am an Australian composer and I was really hoping I could use one of your poems for a piece of music. It would be great to hear from you.



  14. Hi Dan,
    We are undergrad psychology students wanting to make an informatory video about schizophrenia and we were wondering if we could use your poems in our video to explain what having schizophrenia looks like, more so than a textbook could explain. We want your permission to use these personal poems, and we think you are very courageous to post them on the internet. Thank you so much!

    Kelly and Lexy

  15. Hello Lexy and Kelly,
    Sorry for the late reply. Yes, of course you may use my poems as you wish for your project. Thank you, and I hope the project goes well. -Dan Hoeweler

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