Bio

Joshua Davis is the author of Reversal Spells in Blue and Black and, with Allison Blevins, the co-author of Chorus for the Kill (both from Seven Kitchens Press). He holds an MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine, an MFA from the University of Mississippi, and an M.A. from Pittsburg State University. A former John and Renee Grisham fellow, he offers online workshops and private mentoring at The Poetry Barn. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Inflectionist Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The New Southern Fugitives, Tinfish, and Apalachee Review. He is a doctoral candidate in Literature at Ohio University, and he teaches high school English near Tampa, Florida.

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Academic Employment

 

  • 2019-present Classical Preparatory School, English Instructor, Department Chair        

  • 2018-present Saint Leo University, Department of Language Studies and the Arts, Adjunct Instructor 

  • 2013-present Saint Leo University, Center for Online Learning, Adjunct Instructor

  • 2012-present The Poetry Barn Online Poetry Cooperative, Teaching Artist

  • 2013-2018 Ohio University, Department of English, Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • 2012 Saint Leo University, Department of English, Fine Arts, and Humanities, Adjunct Instructor

  • 2009-2012 University of Mississippi, John and Renee Grisham Fellow in Poetry

  • 2007-2009 Pittsburg State University, Department of English, Graduate Teaching Assistant

 

Education

 

  • Expected Aug 2022 PhD in English, 20th Century American Literature, Ohio University

    • “Stricken with Elegance: Form, Gender, and Race in American Women’s Poetry, 1914-1945”

    • Committee: Dr. Carey Snyder, Dr. Amrijit Singh, and Dr. Nicole Reynolds (Ohio University)

  • May 2012 MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry), University of Mississippi

  • May 2011 MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry), University of Southern Maine

  • May 2009 MA in English, Pittsburg State University 

  • May 2007 BA in English, Saint Leo University 

 

Awards & Honors

  • 2009-2012 John and Renee Grisham Fellowship, University of Mississippi

  • 2009 Excellence in Research, Pittsburg State University

  • 2008 Excellence in Teaching, Pittsburg State University

  • 2007 Outstanding Student in the College of Arts and Sciences, Saint Leo University

 

Selected Publications

 

Poetry 

2022

  • Reversal Spells in Blue and Black (forthcoming from Seven Kitchens Press)

  • Chorus for the Kill (print chapbook, co-authored with Allison Blevins, Seven Kitchens Press)

  • “This is the Sound of Voices Two” and “In the Story We’d Like to Tell Our  Children” Tin Fish Issue 21 (co-authored with Allison Blevins, online)

  • “Invoking Baba Yaga,” “Chapel,” and “Foster Mother, II” Apalachee Review Issue 69 (print)

 

2020

  • “Chorus for the Kill” The New Southern Fugitives 3.20 (online)

  • “Case Number B9406017” and “In Our Movie about Virginia Woolf” (online)

 

2019

  • “Isle Full of Noises,” Muse/A Issue Nine (print)

 

2018

  • “Fragments for KVW,” The Poetry Distillery (March) (online)

  • “Lorena Hickok Writes to Amelia Earhart” and “Eleanor Remembers,” The Museum of Americana 14 (February) (online)

 

2016

  • “The Miller’s Daughter” The Midwest Quarterly 57.4 (print)

 

2015

  • “The Patchwork Horses” Monster Verse: Poems Human and Inhuman, ed. Tony Barnstone  (Everyman’s Library/Random House, 2015) (print)

  • “Alcaic for Morning,” “Stain,” and “Bindings” Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters (Everyman’s Library/Random House, 2015) (print)

 

2012

  • “No Luck” and “Needles” The Warwick Review 5.4 

 

2011

  • “The One-Year Servant Talks to Himself,” Tilt-a-Whirl (Spring) (online)

  • “Miranda Along the Jetty,” Goblin Fruit (Fall) (online)

 

2010

  • “My Mother Talks about her Hysterectomy,” Melusine 2.3 (Fall/Winter) (online)

  • “Pillars,” Melusine 2.2 (Spring/Summer) (online)

  • “All Night, I Watch Them,” Arsenic Lobster (Summer) (online)

 

2009

  • “Anniversary” Measure 4.1 (print)

 

2008

  • “Upon The Occasion of Becoming a Sea Hag,” Goblin Fruit (Summer) (online)

  • “Adeline,”Goblin Fruit (Spring) (online)

  • “Osiris,” Squaw Valley Review (Spring) (print)

 

Book Reviews

2009 Venus Khoury-Ghata (trans. Marilyn Hacker). Nettles. Counterpoise 13.3 

 

Selected Conference Papers and Guest Lectures

  • 2015 “Louise Bogan’s Queer Times” Society for the Study of American Women Writers (Philadelphia, PA) 

  • 2013 “Theory of Delving”: Muriel Rukeyser and the Metrical Code West Chester University Poetry Conference (West Chester, PA) 

  • 2012 “Pageantry and Parody: Exile and Return in Angela Carter’s Wise Children.” Popular Culture Association (Boston, MA)

  • “A Hybrid of Hereafters: Radical Aesthetics in Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.” South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Study (Asheville, NC)

  • 2011 “Left to her Weaving: Charlotte Lucas and the Myth of Arachne.” South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Study  (St. Simon's, GA)

  • 2008 “Unzipping Elizabeth Bennet: Unsexing in Pride and Prejudice.”  South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Study (New Orleans, LA)

  • 2007 “When Clairvoyants Retire: Poems.”  Arkansas Philological Association (Little Rock, AR)

 

Teaching Experience

Classical Preparatory School (2019-present)  

  • English II (20th-Century World Literature)

  • English III (American Literature)

  • English IV (British Literature)

  • AP Literature and Composition

  • AP Language and Composition 

Saint Leo University (2012-present)

  • 2018-present Basic Composition (Fall), Academic Writing I (Fall and Spring), Giants of the Arts (Spring)

  • 2017-2018 Giants of the Arts (Spring), Television and the American Family (Fall), Academic Writing II (Spring)

  • 2017-2016 Introduction to Creative Writing: Exploring the Four Genres (Fall), Giants of the Arts (Spring and Summer), Television and the American Family (Spring and Summer), Television and the American Family (Fall, Spring, and Summer)

  • 2015-2016 Television and the American Family (Fall, Spring, and Summer), Introduction to Creative Writing: Exploring the Four Genres (Spring)

  • 2014-2015 Academic Writing I (Fall), Television and the American Family (Fall, Spring, Summer), Academic Writing II (Spring), Introduction to Creative Writing: Exploring the Four Genres (Spring)

  • 2013-2014 Academic Writing II (Fall, Spring), Academic Writing I (Spring), Introduction to Creative Writing: Exploring the Four Genres (Summer)

  • 2012-2013 Introduction to Creative Writing: Exploring the Four Genres (Fall), Integrated Arts (Fall), Academic Writing II (Fall and Spring)

 

Ohio University

  • 2017-2018 Introduction to Literature: Fiction and Nonfiction (Fall and Spring), Shakespeare and Film (Teaching Assistant, Fall), Women and Writing: Fairy Tales and Gender (Spring), Women and Writing: Gender, Illness, and the Medical Body (Summer), Graduate Seminar in Romanticism (Teaching Assistant, Summer)

  • 2016-2017 American Literature, 1912-present: Insiders, Outsides, and their Circles (Spring), Women and Writing: Fairy Tales and Gender (Fall and Spring), Shakespeare and Film (Teaching Assistant, Fall), Women and Writing: Gender, Illness, and the Medical Body (Summer)

  • 2015-2016 Women and Writing: Fairy Tales and Gender (Fall and Spring), Women and Writing: Gender, Illness, and the Medical Body (Summer)

  • 2014-2015 Writing and Rhetoric I (Fall), Women and Writing: Fairy Tales and Gender (Spring), Women and Writing: Gender, Illness, and the Medical Body (Summer)

  • 2013-2014 Writing and Rhetoric I (Fall), Modernism and Gender (Teaching Assistant, Spring)

 

University of Mississippi 

  • 2012-2013 First-Year Writing (Fall and Spring)

  • 2011-2012 Poetry Workshop  (Spring)

  • 2010-2011 Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction (Summer)

  • 2009-2010   Fiction Workshop (Summer)

 

Pittsburg State University

  • 2008-2009 Introduction to Research Writing (Fall and Spring)

  • 2007-2008  Composition (Fall and Spring)

 

Literary Outreach & Academic Service

  • 2020-present  Member of the Board of Directors, Aim Higher

  • 2018-present Poetry Editor, Harbor Review

  • 2017-2018 Managing Editor, Parlour: A Journal of Literary Analysis and Criticism

  • 2016-2017 Web Content Editor, Parlour: A Journal of Literary Analysis and Criticism 

  • 2015-2018 Reader for First-Year and Junior-Year Composition Exemption Exams

  • 2012 Organizer for 100,000 Poets for Change in Oxford, Mississippi

  • 2011-2012 Staff Member, The Yalobusha Review

  • 2011 Organizer for Community Poetry Workshop with Richard Tillinghast in Oxford Mississippi (Oxford Conference for the Book)

  • 2009 Youth Friends Reading Volunteer at Lakeside Elementary School in Pittsburg, Kansas

  • 2008-2009 Poetry Editor, Cow Creek Review

  • 2007 Theatre Search Committee Member at Saint Leo University

  • 2007 Art History Search Committee Member at Saint Leo University 

  • 2007 Managing Editor, The Sandhill Review