Poet Carol Davis studied Russian language and literature at Western Washington University and earned a degree in interdisciplinary studies there as well as an MA in Slavic language and literature from the University of Washington. She is the author of the full-length poetry collections It’s Time to Talk About…/Pora Govorit’o—(1997), a bilingual collection published in Russia; Into the Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersburg (2007), winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize; and Between Storms (2012). Her chapbooks include Letters from Prague (1991) and The Violin Teacher (2005).

Davis weaves together observations of life in contemporary Russia, history, folktales, and the natural world. Her work explores the estrangement of life in a foreign country as well as the heritage of her grandparents, Jewish immigrants from Russia. As a senior Fulbright scholar from 1996 to 1997, Davis taught at Petersburg Jewish University in St. Petersburg. In 2008, she was poet-in-residence at Olivet College in Michigan. She teaches at Santa Monica College in California.