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David Chura

Author's Bio

My writing of both poetry and creative nonfiction often comes from my many years working with people on the margins of society. I am most interested in character and narrative, using language that is lively and evocative to bring to life the people I've encountered. I have worked with "at risk" teenagers for over 26 years, teaching literature and writing. My book, "I Don't Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup" (Beacon Press, Mar. 2010)tells the stories of many of the teens I met while teaching in a county jail for the last ten years.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
I Don't Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup (Beacon Press, 2010)
Anthologies:
Beloved on Earth (Holy Cow! Press, 2009), The Blueline Anthology (Syracuse University Press, 2004), Essential Love (Grayson Books, 2000), Queer Dharma (Gay Sunshine Press, 1998)
Journals:
Adirondack Review, Blueline, Connecticut River Review, Contemporary Justice Review, Earth's Daughters, Embers, English Journal, Fourth Genre, Many Mountains Moving, Turning Wheel

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books:
A Death in the Family by James Agee; Little Dorrit by Dickens; The Time of Our Singing by Richard Powers
Favorite Authors:
Dickens, Trollop, Woolf, Agee, Updike, Chabon, Murakami, Powers, Whitman, Doty, Gary Snyder, Akhmatova, Roykan

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Listing last updated: November 28, 2009

More Information

Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Caucasian
Prefers to work with:
At Risk Youth, Teenagers
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Troy, NY
Raised in:
Watervliet, NY
Agent:
Jon Sternfeld

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