Jon Davis

New Mexico, United States

Jon Davis is the author of five 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, 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. Heteronymy: An Anthology, a limited edition collaboration with artist Jamison Chas Banks, appeared from LaNana Creek Press in 2015. Dayplaces, which Davis translated from the Arabic with the author, Iraqi poet Naseer Hassan, is forthcoming from Tebot Bach Press. 

Davis 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.

His short fiction has appeared in The Stockholm Review, Monkeybicycle, Flash, Versal, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, failbetter, and the anthology Flash Fiction Funny

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 Director of the MFA Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he has taught since 1990. 



  • Heteronymy: An Anthology , LaNana Creek Press (March 2015)
  • Loving Horses , Palace Press (May 2014)
  • Thelonious Sphere , Q Avenue Press (2013)
  • Preliminary Report , Copper Canyon Press (2011)
  • Local Color , Palanquin Press (1995)
  • The Hawk, the Road, the Sunlight After Clouds , Owl Creek Press (1995)
  • Scrimmage of Appetite , University of Akron Press (1995)
  • Dangerous Amusements , Ontario Review Press (1987)
  • West of New England , University of Montana (1983)


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


  • Associate Professor at Salisbury University (August 1988 - May 1990)
  • Chair of Creative Writing Department at Institute of American Indian Arts (August 1990 - January 2013)
  • Director of MFA in Creative Writing at Institute of American Indian Arts (January 2013 - )


  • 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