Cortney Davis

West Redding, CT 06896-0678

Author's Bio

A registered nurse with a background in Intensive Care, Oncology and Women's Health, I often write about the intersection of health and disease and about the ways in which we care for, or fail to care for, one another. The beauty and strangeness of the human body--its wonderful metaphors, its proximity to birth and death---are fundamental both to my poetry and prose. I especially enjoy helping others write about their experiences as caregivers or as patients, exploring their own fears and joys and honoring them in poems or prose.

Publications and Prizes

Details of Flesh
(Calyx Books, 1997)
, I Knew a Woman: the experience of the female body
(Random House, 2001)
, Leopold's Maneuvers
(University of Nebraska Press, 2004)
, The Body Flute
(Adastra Press, 1994)
, The Heart's Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing
(Kent State University Press, 2009)
Between the Heartbeats
(University of Iowa Press, 1995)
, Intensive Care
(University of Iowa Press, 2003)
Bellevue Literary Review, Calyx, Crazyhorse, Hanging Loose, Hudson Review, Massachusetts Review, Ontario Review, Poetry, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, Sun, Witness
Prizes Won: 
NEA Poetry Fellowship; three CT Commission on the Arts Poetry Grants; Prairie Schooner Poetry Book Prize; IPPY Silver Medal for Non-Fiction; Living Now Book Award; three American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards;Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award in Poetry

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Mt. Lebanon , PA
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Last updated: Nov 08, 2015