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Doris Davenport

Assoc. Prof. English
130A Wynn Fine Arts & Humanities Center
(205) 247-8127


Doris Davenport is a writer, educator, and literary and performance poet who grew up in the Appalachian foothills of Habersham County (Cornelia) Georgia. She is the oldest of seven siblings and the first member of her family to attend and finish college. Some of davenport’s interests and hobbies include voracious reading, photography, working on the school yearbook, watching movies, health and fitness, travel and, of course, writing. Davenport has been a writer since about age eleven; the first book she read and loved - at age six - was Alice in Wonderland. She has published reviews, articles, essays, and books. ascent (2011) is her eighth book of poetry. Her advice for aspiring writers: write daily; revise relentlessly and read passionately. You must read the work of other writers, especially poets.

Research Interests

  • Multi Ethnic Literatures of the United States
  • Feminism & Literary Theory
  • Pedagogy & Teaching
  • Science Fiction & Speculative Literature
  • The Teaching of Writing
  • Women’s Literature
  • African American Literature
  • Spoken Word & Performance Poetry
  • Technology & Education

Recent Papers / Presentations:

  • “Divinity Within All the Time”: Margaret Walker’s Performative Narrative Folk Poems” College Language Association (CLA) 71st Annual Convention, “Narrativity & Musicality:A Confluence of Language, Literature, and Culture,” Spartanburg, S.C., April 6-9, 2011
  • “Urban Landscapes in the Speculative Fiction of Hopkinson, Mosley and Butler,” College Language Association (CLA) 70th Annual Convention
  • “Spaces and Places in Language and Literature,” Brooklyn, New York, April 7 -10, 2010
  • “Extrapolatiing Blackness: A Speculative ( Literary) Future,” The Annual Conference of the Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA), Atlanta,
  • GA; June 11-14, 2009
  • “Liberation as Theme and Strategy in Selected works of Anne Allen Shockley and Cheryl Clarke,” paper accepted for College Language Association (CLA), Cambridge, Maryland; March 25 - 29, 2009

Recent Poetry Performances / Readings

  • “On the Same Poem,” Winston Salem, NC Apr. 20112
  • “Textures & Tones” Arts Festival Gaston (NC) College Arts Festival Apr.1012
  • Stillman College, Apr. 2012
  • City Lights Bookstor, Sylva, NC Feb. 2012
  • Poets United for Change, International Readings, Stillman Sept. 2011
  • Third Annual Women’s Month Symposium, ASU, Mar. 2011
  • Regional African American History Exhibit Reception, Cornelia, GA Mar. 2011
  • Pine lake Arts Salon. Feb. 2011.
  • Poetry Society of Georgia, Savannah, GA. Nov. 2010
  • Fourth Annual Poetry Festival (Organizer & Participant). Albany State University. Nov. 2010.
  • Sweetwater Coffee House (Sautee-Nacoochee, Ga) & Java Joe’s Bistro (Clarkesville, Ga) Oct. 1-2, 2010