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Dr. William V. Davis




Modern Poetry

Twentieth-Century British & American Literature


Carroll Science, room 207

(254) 710-6878


A.B. Ohio University

M.A. Ohio University

M. Div. The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Ph.D. Ohio University


William V. Davis's teaching and research interests include Twentieth-Century British and American Literature, particularly Robert Bly and R. S. Thomas. He has published criticism, poetry, and short fiction in a wide variety of periodicals and journals. In addition to scores of articles and essays in scholarly books and periodicals and hundreds of poems and short stories, Davis has published several award-winning books of poetry.

Selected Publications


The Bones Poems, 2014

Landscape and Journey, 2009 (Winner of the New Criterion Poetry Prize and the Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Poetry)

Winter Light, 1990

The Dark Hours, 1984 (Winner of the Calliope Press Chapbook Prize)

One Way to Reconstruct the Scene, 1980 (Winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize)


R. S. Thomas: Poetry and Theology, 2007

Robert Bly: The Poet and His Critics, 1994

Miraculous Simplicity: Essays on R. S. Thomas, 1993

Critical Essays on Robert Bly, 1992

Understanding Robert Bly, 1988

Theodore Roethke: A Bibliography, Contributing Editor, 1973

George Whitefield's Journals, 1737-1741, Editor, 1969