Jon Davis

New Mexico, United States

Jon Davis is the author of four chapbooks and three full-length collections of poetry, Preliminary Report (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), Scrimmage of Appetite (University of Akron Press, 1995), for which he was honored with a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, and Dangerous Amusements (Ontario Review Press, 1987), for which he received a G.E. Younger Writers Award and the Peter I.B. Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the Academy of American Poets. A new chapbook, Thelonious Sphere, is forthcoming from Q Avenue Press in 2013.

He has received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Lannan Residency, and residencies at to The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Lannan Foundation in Marfa, Texas, and Cill Rialaig in Ireland. His poems have appeared in numerous anthologies including Photographers, Writers, and the American Scene; Poet’s Choice; Sixty Years of American Poetry; and The Best of the Prose Poem and in literary magazines such as The Georgia Review, Manoa, Hambone, American Letters & Commentary, Narrative, and Poetry.

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, ImagineNATIVE, and on Movieola: The Short Film Channel in Canada. For four years, he taught screenwriting for the ABC/Disney Summer Film & Television Workshops.

He has served as Writing Program Coordinator for the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, edited the literary journals CutBank, Shankpainter and Countermeasures: A Magazine of Poetry & Ideas, and taught at College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe University of Art & Design, and Salisbury University (Maryland). He is currently Chair of the Creative Writing Department and Director of the MFA Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he has taught since 1990. 



  • West of New England , University of Montana (1983)
  • Dangerous Amusements , Ontario Review Press (1987)
  • Scrimmage of Appetite , University of Akron Press (1995)
  • The Hawk, the Road, the Sunlight After Clouds , Owl Creek Press (1995)
  • Local Color , Palanquin Press (1995)
  • Preliminary Report , Copper Canyon Press (2011)
  • Thelonious Sphere , Q Avenue Press


  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship(1985)
  • Peter I.B. Lavan Younger Poets Award(1988)
  • Lannan Literary Award(1998)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship(2005)
  • Santa Fe Poet Laureate(2012)


  • Associate Professor at Salisbury University (August 1988 - May 1990)
  • Chair of Creative Writing Department at Institute of American Indian Arts (August 1990 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing from University of Montana (May 1984)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of Montana (May 1985)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Poetry