John Davis Jr.

960 Lake Elbert Dr. SE
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Author's Bio

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

Growing Moon, Growing Soil: Poems of my Native Land
(Outskirts Press, 2005)
, Hard Inheritance
(Five Oaks Press, 2016)
, Middle Class American Proverb
(Negative Capability Press, 2014)
Strong Voices
(The Lives You Touch Publications, 2013)
, Thirty-three
(Negative Capability Press, 2014)
Belle Reve Literary Journal, Big River Poetry Review, Cantilevers: A Journal of the Arts, DASH Journal, Deep South Magazine, Emerge Literary Journal, Floyd County Moonshine, Frigg Magazine, Gravel Literary Journal, Hobo Camp Review, Kentucky 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
The Boys of Men
(Aldrich Press, 2014)
, The Boys of Men
(Kelsay Books, 2014)
Prizes Won: 
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.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
The Hotel Oneira: Poems by August Kleinzahler
Red Sugar by Jan Beatty
Big-eyed Afraid by Erica Dawson
We Still Live Here by Celia Lewis
The Kitchen Sink by Albert Goldbarth

More Information

Listed as: 
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Identifies as: 
Caucasian, Christian
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Children, Homeless people, Hospital patients, People with Disabilities, Prisoners, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Veterans
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Raised in: 
Wauchula, FL
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Last updated: Dec 19, 2016