DepartmentDepartment of English
Biola AffiliationsFaculty



  • M.F.A., University of California, Irvine
  • B.A., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


Chris Davidson is associate professor of English and director of the English Writing Program. He teaches courses in critical thinking and writing, creative writing, and poetry. He has a bachelor's degree in English from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of California, Irvine. His essays and poetry have appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Monster Verse: Poems Human and Inhuman; Orange County: A Literary Field Guide; and Why To These Rocks: 50 Years of Poems from the Community of Writers. He has published two chapbooks — Poems (Canvas Shop Press, 2012) and Easy Meal (Californios Press, 2020).

Publications (Selected)


  • “The Future of Paradise”—interdisciplinary panel: Biola University. A panel discussion—including professors from Chemistry and Art—on the lecture of John Chan, visiting “visionary in residence,” regarding the city and ecological destruction. February 23, 2011.
  • “Lo-Limb: An Interdisciplinary Panel”: Biola University. A panel discussion—including professors from Classics, Sociology, Communication Studies, and Cinema and Media Arts—about a show of paintings by Dan Callis. February 22, 2011.
  • “’But angels were watching’: The City as Organ of (Divine?) Revelation in The Crying of Lot 49”: Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference. Chaminade University, Honolulu, HI. November 13-14, 2010.
  • “Teaching Art to Poets & Poetry to Artists: The Limits and Lessons of Cross-Media Collaboration”: Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference. San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA. Also panel chair. November 6-7, 2009.
  • “City as Revelation, City as Judgment: Reading Pynchon and Polanski Under the Influence of Belief”: Paper presented at The City (conference). Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. September 24-26, 2009.
  • “The Enormous Yes: Improvisation Philip Larkin’s ‘For Sidney Bechet’”: Paper presented at Poetries of Numerousness (International Conference). Grant MacKewan College, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Presented May 15, 2009.
  • “Witness or Weakness: How Poetry and Politics Might (Not) Mix”: Paper presented at Speaking Truth to Power (Conference on Christianity and Literature). George Fox University, Newburg, OR. Also served as panel chair. April 16-18, 2009.
  • Invited Presenter and Panelist. Practicing Theology: Biola Art Symposium. Biola University, La Mirada, California. March 2009.
  • Visiting Professor of Creative Writing, Cal State Univ. Long Beach, for Professor Patty Seyburn’s poetry writing class. October 30, 2008.
  • “The Enormous Yes: Love as Improvisation in Philip Larkin’s ‘For Sidney Bechet’”: Paper presented at Fire and Ice: Literary Paradox and the Search for Truth (Conference on Christianity and Literature), Biola University, La Mirada, CA. May 2008.

Professional Publications

  • “The Alphabet Conspiracy,” book review. The Rumpus (internet): forthcoming 2011.
  • “Maggot,” book review. The Rumpus (internet): October 2010.
  • “The French Exit,” book review. (internet): July 2010.
  • “Simplify Me When I’m Dead,” book review. The Rumpus (internet): June 2010.
  • “Seismology,” poem. Zocalo Public Square (internet): April 2010.
  • “Inadequate Preparation” and “It Really Happened,” poems. Spoon River Poetry Review (Illinois State University): Summer 2009.
  • “Tracks,” poem. (internet): Winter 2009
  • “Visiting the Farm,” poem. The Chiron Review (St. John, KS): Summer 2008.
  • “Here,” poem. Burnside Review (Portland, OR): Summer 2008.
  • A Matter of Pleasure: Casa Romantica Poetry Vol. 4, CD audio anthology: 2008 (Engineer, Editor, Project Director).


  • Fourth Annual Religions in Conversation Conference, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. October 15, 2010.
  • Meadowlark Poetry Marathon (AWP offsite reading), Denver, CO. April 9, 2010.
  • Practicing Theology Symposium, Biola University, La Mirada, CA. March 7, 2009.
  • Factory Reading Series, Santa Ana, CA. January 20, 2009.
  • Society of Interested Persons Salon, Seal Beach, CA. September 20, 2008.
  • Long Beach Poetry Festival (“Slices of Orange: The Poetry of Orange County”), Long Beach, CA. April 10, 2008.
  • The Writer’s Garage, Long Beach, CA. Fall 2007.
  • Poetry Idiots Reading Series, Orange, CA. August 15, 2007.
  • The Broadlind Café, Long Beach, CA. August 5, 2007.
  • Factory Reading Series, Santa Ana, CA. Spring 2006.

Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Arts and Humanities
  • English
  • Film
  • Movies
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