John Davis Jr.


11440 Flora Springs Drive
Riverview, FL 33579

Author's Bio

Growing up as a seventh-generation Floridian on a citrus farm, John Davis Jr. understood from an early age the unique rhythms and energies that come from agriculture. 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 & Prizes

Thirty-three (Negative Capability Press, 2014)
Strong Voices (Lives You Touch Publications, 2013)
Hard Inheritance (Five Oaks Press, 2016)
Middle Class American Proverb (Negative Capability Press, 2014)
Growing Moon, Growing Soil: Poems of my Native Land (Outskirts Press, 2005)
The Boys of Men (Kelsay Books, 2014)
The Boys of Men (Aldrich Press, 2014)
Belle Reve Literary Journal
Big River Poetry Review
Cantilevers: A Journal of the Arts
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Emerge Literary Journal
Floyd County Moonshine
Frigg Magazine
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Hobo Camp Review
Kentucky Review
Miller's Pond
Nashville Review
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The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature
The Furnace Review
Touch: The Journal of Healing
Town Creek Poetry
Prizes won: 

Pushcart Prize nominations, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018. First Place: Florida State Poets Association Formal Verse Competition, 2013. Third Place: Robert Frost International Poetry and Haiku Contest, The Studios of Key West, April 2012.Wesley Ryals Award for Creative Writing in Poetry, Florida Southern College, 2002.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Peter Meinke, Erica Dawson, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Lucille Clifton, William Carlos Williams, Rita Dove, The Fugitives, Kevin Young, Jake Adam York, C.D. Wright, A.E. Stallings, Robert Wrigley, and so many, many others.

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Christian, White
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Children, Disability, Homelessness, Illness/Wellness, Incarcerated individuals, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Veterans
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Born in: 
Jacksonville, FL
Raised in: 
Wauchula, FL
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Last update: Jun 06, 2019