Who is John?
John Davis Jr. is a Florida poet and educator. His poetry has appeared in dozens of literary journals internationally, and he has won many writing awards including the 2021 Sidney Lanier Poetry Prize. He holds an MFA from the University of Tampa and has taught literature and writing at secondary schools and colleges for nearly 20 years.
What is your good news?
Davis’ fifth collection of poems, The Places That Hold, was recently published by Eastover Press. The Places That Hold praises the dusty morning light of citrus farming and the pleasures of fatherhood as it explores the darkness of places like the infamous Dozier Reform School in Florida’s panhandle. Intertwining past and present with rural life, social justice, and the value of family, The Places That Hold offers readers a glimpse into the lesser-known corridors of the Sunshine State.
Why did you join FCEA? How has membership in this organization had an impact on you and/or your career?
Being a member of FCEA has allowed me to enjoy the collegiality and shared knowledge of an extended group of higher education professionals. I’ve greatly enjoy it.