Poetry. Punctuated by subversive humor, verbal theatrics, and moments of strange, luminous beauty, Davis's clear, unsentimental poems are meditations and mediations on contemporary existence and the unreliability of language, emotions, and the memory to gather it all in. "Davis is as good as DeLillo at playing off our internal hunger for meaning against surface senselessness. And Davis catches the surface brilliantly"—American Book Review.
Jon Davis is the author of AN AMIABLE RECEPTION FOR THE ACROBAT (Grid Books, 2019), IMPROBABLE CREATURES (Grid Books, 2017) DAYPLACES (Translator) (Tebot Bach, 2017), PRELIMINARY REPORT (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), Heteronymy: An Anthology, Preliminary Report, Scrimmage of Appetite, and Dangerous Amusements. Davis has received a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, the Peter I.B. Lavan Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Off the Grid Poetry Prize, and two National Endowment for the Arts' poetry fellowships. He was the city of Santa Fe's fourth Poet Laureate and taught for 23 years at the Institute of American Indian Arts before founding, in 2013, the IAIA low residency MFA in Creative Writing, which he directed until his retirement in 2018.Author City: SANTA FE, NM USA