Continuing our series of bios for the judges of the 2015 West Virginia Writers Annual Writing Contests. Return here each weekday for the revelation of a new judge.
ED DAVIS (Short Fiction)
A native West Virginian, Ed Davis taught writing, literature and humanities courses at Sinclair Community College from 1978 to 2011. In addition, he founded Sinclair’s literary magazine, Flights, was assistant director of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop, conducted poetry and fiction workshops for a number of local organizations and institutions and has judged local writing contests. He’s participated in writing conferences such as Taos Writers’ Workshop, Cleveland State University’s Imagination Workshop, Antioch Writers’ Workshop and the Novel-In-Progress Workshop sponsored by Green River Writers of Kentucky.
Davis has published four poetry chapbooks since the mid-eighties: Appalachian Day (Samisdat Press, 1984), Haskell (Seven Buffaloes, 1987) and Whispering Leaves (Great Elm, 1989) and Healing Arts (Pudding House, 2005). His fiction has been accepted by many literary magazines, such as Footwork, Riverwind, The Vincent Brothers Review, Wind, Mudrock, Vignette and Evansville Review. His short story “The Last Beatlemaniac” appears in the anthology In My Life: Encounters With The Beatles. His story “Two Kings was the winner of the 2008 Dayton Daily News short story contest, and his short story “The Boys of Bradleytown” won first place in Ohio Writer’s Annual “Best of 2005″ Contest and was published in the Jan/Feb 2006 issue of Ohio Writer.
Davis’s novel I Was So Much Older Then was published in 2001 by Disc-Us Books. His second novel, The Measure of Everything, released in 2005 by Plain View Press, set in fictional Shawnee Springs, Ohio, focuses on a campaign to save a farm on the village’s border from the threat of urban sprawl. His latest novel, The Psalms of Israel Jones, was published in 2014 by WVU Press.
In his spare time, he takes long walks in the woods, meditates, weight-lifts, bikes, practices yoga and journals religiously. He’s currently an active member of Tecumseh Land Trust.