Baylor Professor's Book of Poetry Receives Second Honor

May 11, 2010

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Dr. William Davis, professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Baylor University, was honored May 1 by the Texas Institute of Letters for his book of poetry Landscape and Journey. Davis received the Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Poetry at the institute's 74th annual banquet.

The institute was founded to recognize literary achievement and promote interest in Texas literature. It honors authors who have lived in Texas for at least two years. The poems in Landscape and Journey focus on specific landscapes or recount journeys by Davis.

Besides receiving this award, Davis previously received the New Criterion Poetry Prize for the book. The New Criterion Poetry Prize is awarded for book-length manuscripts of poems that pay close attention to form. The monthly review examines art and culture and brings together a range of young and established critics.

"I was doubly wowed when I received my second award," Davis said.

Davis earned his doctorate from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. His teaching and research interests include 20th-century British and American literature. His criticism, poetry and short fiction has been published in a variety of periodicals and journals. His books include Winter Light; The Dark Hours; and One Way to Reconstruct the Scene.

by Colton Wright, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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