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Santa Fe Selects IAIA Creative Writing Chair Jon Davis as Poet Laureate

Santa Fe, NM | Jul 12, 2012 –

The City of Santa Fe Arts has selected the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Creative Writing Chair Jon Davis as the city’s fourth Poet Laureate. 

Established in 2005, the Poet Laureate is an honorary ceremonial and educational position, with the goal of promoting the presence of poetry in the city.  Davis will serve as Poet Laureate through June 2014. His duties include public performances marking important civic occasions, as well as present educational seminars for teachers and the public.  

Davis, who has been a member of IAIA’s Creative Writing faculty since 1990, was selected from a field of outstanding local poets nominated by members of the poetry and general community.  He is a 21-year resident of Santa Fe and the author of three chapbooks and three full-length collections of poetry, Preliminary Report (Copper Canyon Press, 2010); Scrimmage of Appetite (University of Akron Press, 1995); and Dangerous Amusements (Ontario Review Press, 1987).

He has also received numerous awards for his work, including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a fellowship to The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He was honored with a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry for Scrimmage of Appetite, and a G.E. Younger Writers Award and the Peter I.B. Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the Academy of American Poets for Dangerous Amusements.

“In a town full of terrific poets, it’s an honor to be selected and to join the lineage of the poets who have preceded me-Arthur Sze, Valerie Martinez, and Joan Logghe,” Davis said. “I hope to live up to the high standards they’ve set for promoting the art of poetry and serving the community of Santa Fe.”

His work has 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, among others. In addition to poetry, Davis has written and published short stories, reviews, essays, and parodies. 

Davis has also served as Writing Program Coordinator for the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, edited the literary journals CutBank, Shank-painter and Countermeasures: A Magazine of Poetry & Ideas, and taught at the College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe University of Art & Design, and Salisbury University in Maryland. 

Through the Poet Laureate program, the City of Santa Fe would like to enhance the presence of the literary arts in the city and create a focal point for their expression. The program raises awareness of the power of poetry and the spoken word while celebrating the spirit and unique culture of the city and its people. A key component of the program is the promotion of interdisciplinary collaboration through the literary arts. The Poet Laureate receives an annual honorarium of up to $5,000.

For more information about the City of Santa Fe’s poet laureate program, click here

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Contact Information

Kim Baca, 505-424-2351 or kbaca@iaia.edu