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Jon Davis

Jon Davis has been a member of the Creative Writing faculty since 1990. He is a noted poet who has published six collections of poetry. In 2012, the City of Santa Fe selected him as the city’s fourth Poet Laureate. He is currently the chair of IAIA’s MFA in Creative Writing Program.


Professor Davis has a B.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Montana.

Major Professional Activities

He has served as Writing Program Coordinator for the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, edited the literary journals Shankpainter and Countermeasures: A Magazine of Poetry & Ideas, and taught at the University of Montana, College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe University of Art & Design, and Salisbury University.

Selected Publications

Professor Davis has published six collections of poetry, including Preliminary Report (Copper Canyon, 2010), and Scrimmage of Appetite, for which he was awarded a 1998 Lannan Literary Award in Poetry. He is currently completing work on three books of poetry, How is This Fun: The Poems of Chuck Calabreze, Heteronymy: An Anthology, and a third, as yet untitled, collection, as well as a collection of short fiction, In It for the Short Haul.

He has received a number of awards for his poetry, including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the G.E. Younger Writers Award, the Lavan Prize from the Academy of American Poets, a Lannan Residenc, a Cill Rialaig residency, and a fellowship to The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

His poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies including The Last Best Place; Photographers, Writers, and the American Scene; Poet’s Choice; Sixty Years of American Poetry; Cape Discovery; No Boundaries: Prose Poems by 24 Poets; The Best of the Prose Poem; New Poets of the American West; The Georgia Review; Manoa; Hambone; Five Fingers Review; Harvard Review; Iowa Review; American Letters & Commentary; Ploughshares; Poetry; Narrative; and Quarterly West. His short stories have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Outerbridge, Monkeybicycle, Platte Valley Review, Basalt, Chokecherries, and Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine.

In addition to poetry and fiction, he has written scripts for short films that have screened at the National Geographic All Roads Film Festival, National Museum of the American Indian Film & Video Festival, The American Indian Film Festival, The imagineNATIVE  Film + Media Arts Festival, and on Movieola: The Short Film Channel in Canada.

He occasionally appears as the performance poet, Chuck Calabreze.

Teaching Statement

“As a teacher of creative writing, I am always seeking the balance between rigor—regarding craft, knowledge of the traditions, and self-criticism—and the pleasures of the unexpected, the ”unwilled,” the imagined. But I believe, too, that to teach writing and literature is also to teach life and living.”


Jon Davis & Chuck Calabreze reading at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon:

Chuck Calabreze’s YouTube Page, including videos and animated shorts:


Jon Davis’s Santa Fe Poet Laureate Blog: Poetification

Chuck Calabreze’s Blog: Voyd of Course


Jon Davis
Director IAIAMFA Creative Writing
Work Phone: (505) 424-2365
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