writer and teacher
Encouragement from high school and college teachers to pursue a life of letters, Dave earned a bachelor’s degree from Ottawa University in 1991 and a master’s degree from Indiana State in 1994. For three years, he held a good number of fun jobs and traveled. In 1997, he came back to the Ozarks, where his family is from and serves as inspiration for much of his work.
Dave is the author of 11 works of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. His first book is Poems to Love and the Body (Bliss Station Publishing, 1999) and his most recent book is You Know the Ones (Golden Antelope Press, 2017). Dave’s early writing was commended for its daring, sometimes ribald, nature. His later work has been praised for its refinement, heart, and strong sense of place.
This Game’s Fun
—Crash Davis in Bull Durham
For me, writing is often about discovery, and I find great joy in research. A poem about a dog, a star, an incident, often reveals the wide breadth of the cosmos. That we live on a pale, blue dot. That to see takes time, like having a friend takes time. (Thank you, Carl Sagan and Georgia O’Keefe.)
Moments of insight can occur often if we are open to them. Writing can be a way to navigate the wonderful moments of time—and to give rise to clarity, flow, and action. (Reading, yoga, and meditation ain’t bad for that either.)
I have a writing studio on the town square in West Plains, Missouri. My door is often open. I look forward to engaging with you in conversation and in the writing life.