Carol V. Davis

Carol V. Davis is a poet. She is an adjunct professor of English at Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA, teaching English courses and creative writing.

She was a 1996 Fulbright scholar in Creative Writing at Petersburg Jewish University, now called Petersburg Institute for Jewish Studies. She taught Modern Jewish literature (19th and 20 century), lecturing in Russian and Contemporary Jewish-American literature (In English).

She has been a writer-in-residence at Ragdale Foundation (Lake Forest, IL) and four times at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Amherst, VA). Poetry awards include the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for Poems on the Jewish Experience (Berkeley, CA) and the Reuben Rose Poetry Competition in Israel. In 2000 , she received the Strokestown International Poetry Award, 2nd place, in Ireland. She has had work read on NPR radio, on the program "Sound and Spirit," and on Radio Russia and Radio Petersburg. She was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared in such publications in literary journals in many countries including Great Britain, Sweden, Canada and Australia. In the US she has published in such magazines as Atlanta Review, Bellingham Review, Mid-American Review and New American Review and in anthologies, including Nice Jewish Girls, (Plume/Penguin).

She believes strongly in mentoring young poets and has received two PEN grants (2002, 2005) to teach poetry in PEN’s writer-in-the-classroom program in high schools. She also teaches English in the large émigré community of Los Angeles, as well as Contemporary Jewish American literature there.

In May 2003 she received a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund/Money for Women grant for her manuscript: Into the Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersburg. In spring ‘04 she returned to Russia to complete this book. Her first book, a chapbook, Letters from Prague, was published by Paper Bag Press, Chicago in 1991. A full-length collection,

It's Time to Talk About..., was published in a bilingual edition by Symposium, St. Petersburg in 1997. A new book of poetry, The Violin Teacher, is forthcoming in November 2005 from Dancing Girls Press, Chicago. In 2005 she published two articles in Russian in Jewish journals in Moscow. One article was on Philip Roth and the Post-War American Jewish community and the second was on Holocaust literature and the need specifically for literature on the Holocaust.

She will be teaching Contemporary American Literature at Petersburg State University for fall semester 2005. An unabashed advocate for American poetry, she is pleased to be teaching Contemporary American poetry at PSU. She other course will be on Language and Literature of the American Immigrant Experience. She will also be doing research for and starting a new manuscript.

Her degrees are in Slavic Languages and Literatures.

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