Robin Davidson Selected as Houston's Poet Laureate

June 25, 2015

Robin Davidson Selected as Houston's Poet Laureate

Ashland Poetry Press author Robin Davidson was selected as Houston's Poet Laureate in May. During her two-year appointment, Davidson will conduct workshops and projects to promote the importance of poetry and draw attention to poets working in the Houston area. 

“One of Poetry’s greatest strengths is its capacity to engender human empathy in the reader, the listener, the writer. To give us a chance to tell our story and to genuinely hear the stories of others – this is the labor of Poetry," said Davidson. 

Dr. Davidson is a poet, translator, and assistant professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston-Downtown. She has 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.

In addition to the 2013 APP publication “Luminous Other (winner of the 2012 Richard Snyder Memorial Prize), Davidson has also penned two chapbooks: “City that Ripens on the Tree of the World” (Calypso Editions) and “Kneeling in the Dojo” (Finishing Line Press), as well as The New Century: Poems by Ewa Lipska, which she translated from Polish with Ewa Elzbieta Nowakowska (Northwestern University Press). She served as a Fulbright scholar and received an NEA fellowship in translation, two Houston Arts Alliance awards in poetry, and the Abiko International Poetry Prize in Japan.

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Houston Chronicle

University of Houston - Downtown

Two of Davidson's Poems

 

 

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