David James Poissant

Florida, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012

David James Poissant is the author of The Heaven of Animals: Stories (Simon & Schuster, 2014), winner of the GLCA New Writers Award and a Florida Book Award, and a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize and the PEN/Bingham Prize. His stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, The New York Times, One Story, Playboy, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and in the New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices anthologies. His writing has been awarded the Matt Clark Prize, the RopeWalk Fiction Chapbook Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Award, and the Alice White Reeves Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts & Letters, in addition to awards from The Chicago Tribune and The Atlantic and Playboy magazines. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters.


Website: www.davidjamespoissant.com

Twitter Username: @djpoissant


  • The Heaven of Animals , Simon & Schuster (March 11, 2014)


  • GLCA New Writers Award(2015)
  • Florida Book Award: Silver Medal(2015)
  • Finalist: Los Angeles Times Book Prize(2015)
  • Long List: PEN/Bingham Prize


  • Associate Professor at University of Central Florida (August 2011 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from Berry College (May 2001)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of Arizona (May 2007)
  • Doctoral Degree in English from University of Cincinnati (June 2011)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting