Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. THE NAIL IN THE TREE narrates Carol Ann Davis' experience of raising two sons in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, on the day of and during the aftermath of the shooting there. Part memoir, part art-historical treatise, these meditations lead her to explore crucial subjects, including whether childhood can itself be both violent and generative, the possibility of the integration of trauma into daily life and artistic practice, and the role of the artist.
Carol Ann Davis is a poet, essayist, and author of the poetry collections THE NAIL IN THE TREES: ESSAYS ON ART, VIOLENCE, AND CHILDOOD (Tupelo Press, 2020), PSALM (Tupello Press, 2007), and Atlas Hour (2011). The daughter of one of the NASA engineers who returned the Apollo 13 crew from the moon, she grew up on the east coast of Florida the youngest of seven children, then studied poetry at Vassar College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A former longtime editor of the literary journal Crazyhorse, she is Professor of English at Fairfield University, where she is founding director of Poetry in Communities, an initiative that brings writing workshops to communities hit by sudden or systemic violence. She lives in Newtown, CT, with her husband and two sons.Author City: NEWTOWN, CT USA