Poet William Virgil Davis Takes the Stage at Lone Star College-Montgomery

Published on: October 15, 2010

William Virgil DavisLone Star College-Montgomery’s Writers in Performance series continues its fall 2010 line-up with a reading by award-winning poet, essayist, and educator William Virgil Davis, on Thursday, October 28, at 7 p.m., in the LSC-Montgomery library (Building F). The evening, which is free and open to the public will include a reception and book signing.

Davis’ most recent book, Landscape and Journey (2009), won both the New Criterion Poetry Prize and the Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Poetry. He has also published three other books of poetry: One Way to Reconstruct the Scene, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize; The Dark Hours, which won the Calliope Press Chapbook Prize; and Winter Light.  
 
With more than 1,200 published short stories and poems, Davis’ work appears regularly in leading journals such as Poetry, The Nation, The Hudson Review, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, The New Criterion, The Sewanee Review, The Atlantic Monthly, TriQuarterly, PN Review, Southwest Review, and many others.  
 
In addition to poetry, he also has published critical essays and books of literary criticism, most recently R. S. Thomas: Poetry and Theology.
 
After earning his master of divinity degree from The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Davis received his Ph.D. in American literature from Ohio University.
 
Currently, Davis is a professor of English and a writer-in-residence at Baylor University.  His extensive career as an educator has included professorships at the University of Vienna, University of Copenhagen, University of Wales, University of Illinois, and Ohio University.  He has also served as president of the Texas Institute of Letters from 2008–2010.
 
The goal of the Writers in Performance series is to bring thought-provoking literature and cultural diversity to the campus of LSC-Montgomery and the surrounding community. The series’ events are made possible by the partnership between the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council, LSC-Montgomery Library, the Conroe Commission on the Arts and Culture, Good Books in the Woods, LSC-Montgomery’s Academy for Lifelong Learning, and SWIRL, LSC-Montgomery’s magazine of student art and writing.
 
For more information, contact Dave Parsons, professor of English at LSC-Montgomery, at (936) 524-6537 or david.m.parsons@LoneStar.edu.
 
LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273-7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.
 
With more than 69,000 students in credit classes for fall 2010, and a total enrollment of more than 85,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.