Growing up as a sixth-generation Floridian on a citrus farm, John Davis Jr. understood from an early age the unique rhythms and energies that come from agriculture. Much of his early work was inspired by those farm experiences. The beautiful and pragmatic sensations inherent to growing crops became a constant in the pastoral works of his youth. Since those formative poetic years, the geographic and stylistic scope of Davis's work has broadened. But even now, his ancestors and their land manage to slip their imagery and diction into his poems.
Publications and Prizes
Middle Class American Proverb (Negative Capability Press, 2014), Growing Moon, Growing Soil: Poems of my Native Land (Outskirts Press, 2005)
The Boys of Men (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Boys of Men (Kelsay Books, 2014)
Strong Voices (The Lives You Touch Publications, 2013)
Big River Poetry Review, Cantilevers: A Journal of the Arts, DASH Journal, Deep South Magazine, Emerge Literary Journal, Floyd County Moonshine, Frigg Magazine, Hobo Camp Review, Miller's Pond, Nashville Review, Saw Palm, Steel Toe Review, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, The Furnace Review, The Wayfarer: A Journal of Contemplative Literature, Touch: The Journal of Healing, Town Creek Poetry
Pushcart Prize Nomination, 2012.
Wesley Ryals Award for Creative Writing in Poetry, Florida Southern College, 2002.
Third Place: Robert Frost International Poetry and Haiku Contest, The Studios of Key West, April 2012.
First Place: Florida State Poets Association Formal Verse Competition, 2013.