photo of Ed Davis by photographer Bill Franz

photo by Bill Franz

A Short Bio

A native West Virginian, Ed Davis is a novelist, poet, and educator. His newest novel, The Psalms of Israel Jones, a father-son journey toward spiritual redemption, was published by West Virginia University Press in September 2014. His full length poetry collection, Time of the Light, is available from Main Street Rag Press. His previous novels are I Was So Much Older Then (2001), a coming-of-age story, and The Measure of Everything (2005), which focuses on a village campaign to save a farm from the threat of urban sprawl.

Ed has also published four poetry chapbooks: Appalachian Day (Samisdat Press, 1984), Haskell (Seven Buffaloes, 1987), Whispering Leaves (Great Elm, 1989) and Healing Arts (Pudding House, 2005). His fiction has been included in 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.

Ed recently retired from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, where he taught since 1978. While at Sinclair, 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 judged local writing contests. In his spare time, he takes long walks in the woods, meditates, weight-lifts, bikes, practices yoga and journals religiously. He’s currently a board member of Tecumseh Land Trust.

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Hear Ed’s answers to frequently asked questions about his new novel The Measure of Everything.

Read an interview with Ed Davis about his first novel, I Was So Much Older Then.