Carol V. Davis, SMC English Dept., Associate Faculty, is a poet and author. A Russian speaker and a Senior Fulbright scholar, she lived extensively in St. Petersburg, Russia from 1996-2005. The Fulbright program sent her back to Russia in 2007 on a book and lecture tour. In winter 2015 she lectured at a university in Ulan-Ude, Siberia, where a student wrote her master’s thesis on Professor Davis’ book, Between Storms (2012). She won the 2007 T.S. Eliot Prize for Into the Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersburg. Her first book, It’s Time to Talk About… (1997), was published in Russia in a bilingual edition.
Professor Davis was the 2008 poet-in-residence at Olivet College, MI and has lectured on poetry, contemporary American literature and literary translation, Holocaust and Jewish literature and on contemporary Russia and women in Russian society at Michigan State University, McGill University and Sarah Lawrence College, among others. A recipient of numerous poetry awards, her work has been read on NPR, Radio Russia and at the Library of Congress. Recently she has been poet-in-residence at two American national parks. Her latest book Because I Cannot Leave This Body will be published in 2017 (Truman State University Press).
Professor Davis is looking forward to sharing her second home in Russia with SMC students.