writer and teacher
Encouraged by high school and college teachers to pursue a life of letters, Dave did just that by beginning his studies in Abilene, Texas, then going on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Ottawa University in 1991 and a master’s degree from Indiana State in 1994. For many years, he held a number of fun jobs, traveled, and lived in the Southwest and Midwest. In 2009, he came back to the Ozarks and loves writing about this place that means so much to him.
Dave is the author of 11 works of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. His first book is Poems to Love and the Body (Bliss Station Publishing, 1999) and his most recent book is You Know the Ones (Golden Antelope Press, 2017). Dave’s early writing was commended for its daring, sometimes ribald, nature. His later work has been praised for its refinement, heart, and strong sense of place.
This Game’s Fun
—Crash Davis in Bull Durham
I try not to take my writing (or life) too seriously.
For me, writing is often about discovery, and I find great joy in research. A poem about a dog, a star, an incident, often reveals the wide breadth of the cosmos. That we live on a pale, blue dot. That to see takes time, like having a friend takes time. (Thank you, Carl Sagan and Georgia O’Keefe.)
Moments of insight can occur often if we are open to them. Writing can be a way to navigate the wonderful moments of time—and to give rise to clarity, flow, and action. (Reading, yoga, and meditation ain’t bad for that either.)
Thank you for visiting my site. I look forward to engaging with you in conversation and in the writing life.