Houston’s new poet laureate: Dr. Robin Davidson

robin-davidson-2015Houston has a new poet laureate: Dr. Robin Davidson. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown. As Houston Poet Laureate Davidson will represent the City of Houston by creating excitement about poetry through outreach, programs, teaching, and written work. She will receive an annual honorarium of $5,000 through the City’s Initiative Grant Program of the Houston Arts Alliance and serve a term of two years, May 2015 through May 2017.

About Dr. Robin Davidson

Born in Trieste, Italy, to American parents, Dr. Davidson is a poet, translator, and assistant professor of Literature and creative writing at the University of Houston-Downtown. She holds a B.A. in French from the University of Texas at Austin, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. She is the author of “Luminous Other” (Ashland Poetry Press, 2013) which won the 2012 Richard Snyder Memorial Prize, as well as two chapbooks: “City that Ripens on the Tree of the World” (Calypso Editions) and “Kneeling in the Dojo” (Finishing Line Press). She is co-translator, with Ewa Elzbieta Nowakowska, of “The New Century: Poems by Ewa” from the Polish (Northwestern University Press).

In 2003 – 2004 Dr. Davidson served as Fulbright professor of American literature at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. Her poems and translations have appeared in such American literary journals as “AGNI,” “The Paris Review,” “Gulf Coast,” “Tampa Review,” “91st Meridian,”Literary Imagination,” and “Words Without Borders.” She is the recipient of a 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Translation. She currently teaches creative writing as associate professor of English for the University of Houston-Downtown, serves as the faculty advisor for UHD’s literary and visual arts magazine, “The Bayou Review,” and served as president of the board of directors for the Writers in the Schools program from 2008 – 2010. She also is the recipient of a 2009 Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant for her poetry.

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