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Olivet College announces its poet-in-residence
Dec 07, 2007

Carol V. Davis has been named Olivet College’s poet-in-residence for the 2008 Intensive Learning Term (ILT), according to an announcement made by Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, chair of the Humanities Department. The department received more than 40 applications for the annual Sandburg-Auden-Stein Residency, which is named after poets who visited Olivet in the ‘30s and ‘40s. The applications were from 20 states and the District of Columbia, as well as three countries.

During the college’s ILT session, which runs from April 29 until May 16, Davis will live on campus and teach a poetry writing class. She will also host two public events including a reading of her work and a stand-alone discussion on a subject of her choice. She will receive a $3,100 stipend, room and board.

Davis, who lives in Los Angeles, received a bachelor’s degree in Russian language and literature from Fairhaven College of Western Washington University in 1975 and a master’s degree in Slavic languages and literatures from the University of Washington in 1979. She also studied poetry with Carolyn Kizer and Margaret Atwood.

Her poems have been featured in Prairie Schooner, Nimrod, North American Review, Agenda (London) and Cyphers (Dublin) as well as several anthologies. She is also the author of four books of poetry, including her latest collection titled “Into the Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersburg,” which won the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry and was published from Truman State University Press in September 2007.

Besides being a published author, Davis has spent part of the past 10 years living and teaching in Russia, where she was a senior Fulbright Scholar in 1996-97 and in the fallof 2005. Shes also taught at various institutions including Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising, Petersburg Jewish University and St. Petersburg State University. Her work has also been read on National Public Radio as well as on Radio Russia.

She was back in Russia in the fall of 2007 for a Fulbright sponsored book tour and has lectured on contemporary American poetry and literary translation at universities in four Russian cities. In Moscow, she was part of the State Department-sponsored American delegation to the Moscow Poetry Biennale. She is currently an adjunct professor at Santa Monica College, where she teaches English, creative writing and poetry.


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