Robin Davidson


Houston, TX
Texas US

Author's Bio

Robin Davidson is author of two poem chapbooks, Kneeling in the Dojo and City that Ripens on the Tree of the World, and the collections Luminous Other, recipient of the Ashland Poetry Press’s 2012 Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize, and Mrs. Schmetterling released by Arrowsmith Press in December, 2021. She is co-translator with Ewa Elżbieta Nowakowska of The New Century: Poems from the Polish of Ewa Lipska (Northwestern UP), and the translations of Lipska’s recent Dear Ms. Schubert poems (Princeton University Press's Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation). She has received, among other awards, a Fulbright professorship at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland and a National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowship. Davidson served as the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate for the City of Houston under the leadership of Mayors Annise Parker and Sylvester Turner, and is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. She serves as a member of the National Steering Committee for Writers for Democratic Action and chairs WDA’s Texas State Steering Committee. Davidson teaches literature, creative writing, and literary translation as professor emerita of English for the University of Houston Downtown.

Publications & Prizes

The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VIII: Texas (Texas Review Press, 2018)
Scattering the Dark: An Anthology of Polish Women Poets (White Pine Press, 2016)
Untameable City (Mutabilis Press, 2015)
Improbable Worlds: An anthology of Texas & Louisiana Poets (Mutabilis Press, 2014)
Dear Ms. Schubert: Poems by Ewa Lipska (Translations) (Princeton University Press, 2021)
Mrs. Schmetterling (Arrowsmith Press, 2021)
Houston's Favorite Poems: A Poet Laureate Project (Calypso Editions, 2018)
Luminous Other (Ashland Poetry Press, 2013)
The New Century: Poems by Ewa Lipska (Translations) (Northwestern University Press, 2009)
City that Ripens on the Tree of the World (Calypso Editions, 2013)
Kneeling in the Dojo (Finishing Line Press, 2013)
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What I'm reading now: 
In the Lateness of the World: Poems by Carolyn Forché, Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky, Olio by Tyehimba, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, From the Annals of Kraków by Piotr Florczyk, The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt, The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

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Houston, TX
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Last update: Oct 02, 2022