David Chorlton

4239 East Walatowa Street
Phoenix, AZ 85044
480 705 3227

Author's Bio

I live with a European past, replete with memories of art galleries plus a love of music, and a present rooted on the Southwest desert. Most of my learning has come from reading across a broad spectrum of poetry, and my writing has edged a little more toward the natural world as "nature poetry" no longer has the reassuring and bucolic implications it had when I was at school. Readings are always a special events for me, and I'd go so far as saying that a poem read aloud is in its final draft.

Publications and Prizes

A Field Guide to Fire
(FutureCycle Press, 2015)
, A Normal Day Amazes Us
(Kings Estate Press, 2003)
, Bird on a Wire
(Presa Press, 2017)
, Forget the Country You Came From
(Singular Street, 1992)
, Return to Waking Life
(Main Street Rag, 2004)
, Selected Poems
(FutureCycle Press, 2014)
, The Devil's Sonata
(FutureCycle Press, 2012)
, Waiting for the Quetzal
(March Street Press, 2006)
Skidrow Penthouse
Prizes Won: 
The Slipstream Chapbook Award (2009) for The Age of Miracles The Ronald Wardall Prize from Rain Mountain Press (2008) for the chapbook manuscript, The Lost River

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Spiral Trace by Jack Marshall
The Secret Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
The Voronezh Notebooks by Osip Mandelstam
The World of the Ten Thousand Things by Charles Wright
Favorite Authors: 
Eugenio Montale, Tomas Transtromer, W. S. Merwin, Stephen Stepanchev, Charles Wright, Jack Marshall

More Information

Listed as: 
Fiction Writer, Poet
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Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
European American
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Born in: 
Spittal-An-Der-Drau, Austria
Raised in: 
Manchester, England
The Calls An owl’s calls slide along shafts of moonlight that never reach the ground. The bird looks out from a pine tree where he can see every shiver below. A second call buffs against the first and there’s call and response star to star. It’s the sound a dream makes as it leaves the mind of someone sleeping, or a heart’s complaint that having tired of its lonely treadmill it longs to fly.
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Last updated: Dec 14, 2018