Cortney Davis


Bethel, CT 06801

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 & Prizes

Intensive Care (University of Iowa Press, 2003)
Between the Heartbeats (University of Iowa Press, 1995)
I Hear Their Voices Singing: Poems New & Selected (Antrim House, 2020)
Taking Care of Time (Michigan State University Press, 2018)
When the Nurse Becomes a Patient: A Story in Words and Images (Kent State University Press, 2015)
The Heart's Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing (Kent State University Press, 2009)
I Knew a Woman: the experience of the female body (Random House, 2001)
Details of Flesh (Calyx Books, 1997)
The Body Flute (Adastra Press, 1994)
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; Gold Medal Benjamin Franklin Award in non-fiction; six American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards;Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award in Poetry; Tillie Olsen Creative Writing Award; two CT Center for the Book Awards (poetry and non-fiction)

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Last update: Aug 21, 2020