Alan Davies

b. 1951
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Poet and essayist Alan Davies was born in Alberta, Canada, and earned his BA from Atlantic Union College in Massachusetts. In the mid-70s he edited the poetry journal A Hundred Posters. As a Harvard summer school student, he took classes taught by Robert Creeley and Octavio Paz, and he also befriended and published the poet John Wieners. In 1977, Davies was an assistant to Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poets at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Frequently associated with Language writing and writers, Davies’s poems and essay on poetics were published in the seminal anthology In the American Tree (1986). He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including A AN AV ES (1981), Signage (1987), Candor (1990), Pain (2001), and, with Miles Champion, Don’t Know Alan: Notes on AD (2002), among others. In the Fall of 2011, Davies was a writer-in-residence at the University of Windsor. He lives in New York City.

In April 2013, Davies was a featured writer for Harriet.

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POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Language Poetry

LIFE SPAN 1951–

Alan Davies

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Poet and essayist Alan Davies was born in Alberta, Canada, and earned his BA from Atlantic Union College in Massachusetts. In the mid-70s he edited the poetry journal A Hundred Posters. As a Harvard summer school student, he took classes taught by Robert Creeley and Octavio Paz, and he also befriended and published the poet John Wieners. In 1977, Davies was an assistant to Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg at the Jack Kerouac . . .

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