A product of American Bottom, an Illinois floodplain across the Mississippi from St. Louis, Steve Davenport is the author of three poetry collections: Bruise Songs (2020), Overpass (2012) and Uncontainable Noise (2006). His poems, stories, and essays have been anthologized, reprinted, and published in scores of literary magazines both on-line and in print. A story in The Southern Review received a 2011 Pushcart Prize Special Mention. His Murder on Gasoline Lake, published in Black Warrior Review and later as a chapbook, is listed as Notable in Best American Essays 2007.
At AWP Chicago in 2009, he had the honor of organizing and moderating a tribute to William Gass with participants Mary Jo Bang, Kathryn Davis, Gordon Hutner, and Rikki Ducornet. His scholarship includes essays about the Beat Generation here, Jack Kerouac here, and Richard Hugo here.
Once upon a time, he dabbled in songwriting projects. One example is Art Box Collective’s Honey and Glue. Another is the collaborative work he did with Bruce “Bruiser” Rummenie on This Noise in My Blood, a CD of seven songs. Davenport is also co-author with wife Lynn of four daughters, ages 23, 20 19, and 15 (their names, One, Two, That’s It, and This Isn’t Funny Anymore). He likes his coffee black and his whiskey poured hard over ice in his favorite glass. His mantra? If he had one? Whiskey cleans the whiskey glass.
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