David Dayton


Silver Spring, MD

Author's Bio

I began my literary life as a poet at the University of California at Santa Cruz. I took workshops with Raymond Carver and George Hitchcock and studied modern American poetry with Norman O. Brown, David Swanger, and Tilly Shaw. Google Books has a perusable copy of my first book, The Lost Body of Childhood, published by Edwin Honig and David Cloutier of Copper Beech Press. In the late 1970s, I launched Alembic: A Magazine of Poetry, which morphed into Alembic Press, financed by a couple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. About 1990, I abandoned my literary ambitions for a career in academia and government and retired in 2019. I’m now revising a second collection of poems drafted long ago and writing family- and personal-history narratives that I plan to publish as a memoir titled Chaplain's Kid. Recently, I also revisited and revised the draft of a novel, Wideman's Gospel.

Publications & Prizes

The Lost Body of Childhood (Copper Beech Press, 1979)

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Still Life by Jay Hopler

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Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
Dallas, TX
Raised in: 
Army bases in KY, also NC, PCZ; Orlando area; Willingboro, NJ, KY
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Last update: Jun 01, 2022