DepartmentDepartment of English
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Degrees

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

Biography

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)

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. 52songs.blogspot.com (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. Inknode.com (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).

Readings

  • 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.

Presentations

  • The Conference on Christianity and Literature, Biola University, La Mirada, CA. Presented on "'Christians are right indeed': Political and ecological legacies in The Song of Roland." April 2022.

  • Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association, San Diego, CA. Presented on “Lawn as Eden: George Saunders' Use of the American Yard as Site of Spiritual and Moral Decision.” November 2019.

  • Crossing the Lines: Interdisciplinary Christian Conversations About Difference, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA. Co-presented with Dr. Bonnie Vidrine-Isbell on "How did this happen? What should I do? Situating Diversity within Sociohistorical Contexts & Collaborative Christian Response.” October 2019.

  • Council of Writing Program Conference, Sacramento, CA. Co-presented with Dr. Elmar Hashimov on "Creative Endeavors within Constraints: Working for Fairer Contingent Labor,” July 2018.

  • Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association, Chaminade University, Honolulu, HI. Presented on “Skateboarding, Mark Twain, Marxism, and Me.” November 2017.

  • Center for Christian Thought, sixth annual conference, Biola University, La Mirada, CA. Presented on “Poetry and Intellectual Humility: Interpretation, Education, and Some Questions." May 2017.

  • Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association, Portland State University, Portland, OR. Presented on “Intended Only for You: The Personal Address as Site and Means of Poetry." November 2015.

  • Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Presented on “Notes on a Bi-Coastal, Cross-Genre Conversation." May 2014.

  • “Poetry: A Visual Language”: Moderator for a panel comprised of poets Lynne Thompson, Karen An-hwei Lee, and Victoria Chang at Literary Orange, Irvine Marriott, Irvine, CA. Saturday, April 5th, 2014.

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