Geffrey Michael Davis

Geffrey Michael Davis

Assistant Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-4801

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Geffrey Davis is the author of Revising the Storm (BOA Editions), selected by Dorianne Laux for the 2013 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. He holds degrees from Oregon State University and Penn State University. Awards include the Anne Halley Poetry Prize, the Dogwood Prize in Poetry, the Wabash Prize for Poetry, the Leonard Steinberg Memorial/Academy of American Poets Prize, and fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and Penn State's Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

This debut collection by Geffrey Davis burrows under the surface of gender, addiction, recovery, clumsy love, bitterness, and faith. The tones explored—tender, comic, wry, tragic—interrogate male subjectivity and privilege, as they examine their "embarrassed desires" for familial connection, sexual love, compassion, and repair. Revising the Storm also speaks to the sons and daughters affected by the drug/crack epidemic of the '80s and addresses issues of masculinity and its importance in family.

Some nights I hear my father's long romance
with drugs echoed in the skeletal choir

of crickets.