Schneiderman earned a B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University (1996), an M.A. (1998) and Ph.D. (2001) from Binghamton University. In 2001 he became a professor of English at Lake Forest College, and is currently the Chair of the American Studies Program. Schneiderman also co-directs the Lake Forest Literary Festival, the On the Run lecture series, and was recently named Director of the Lake Forest College Press / &NOW Books. He currently serves as a national board member of the &NOW organization and edits their biennial anthology, The &NOW AWARDS: The Best Innovative Writing. Schneiderman also serves as Director of the NEH-funded Virtual Burnham Initiative, a project to create 3-D models of the 1909 Plan of Chicago.
Writing about his novel Drain, reviewer Renée E. D'Aoust praised the way Schneiderman "conjures images within images" and called the book "creepy and bloody effective".
Schneiderman's work has garnered notice for its unusual packaging, as well as for its writing. He bound his first book Multifesto in sandpaper to purposely damage the books next to it. Another of his books was encased in plaster.
- Blank: a novel. (Jaded Ibis, 2011.)
- Drain. (TriQuarterly/Northwestern, 2010.)
- DIS, Or, in the Shadow of the Dome of Pleasure. (Buffalo, NY: BlazeVox Books, 2008.)
- Abecedarium. [w/ Carlos Hernandez] (Portland, OR: Chiasmus Press, 2007).
- Multifesto: A Henri d’Mescan Reader. (New York: Spuyten Duyvil Press. Limited-edition art book, 2006);
- The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism's Parlor Game. Eds. Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren, Davis Schneiderman, and Tom Denlinger. (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2009).
- Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization. Eds. Davis Schneiderman and Philip Walsh. (London: Pluto Press, 2004).
- Memorials to Future Catastrophes (with Don Meyer and Tom Denlinger). (Kansas City, MO: Jaded Ibis Productions, 2008).
- "Zombies Alive" (with Don Meyer, Tin Pan, and Jody Christopherson. (New York, NY: Exquisite Corpse Festival, 2011).
- The City of Omni+Baal, or, Nature is an Infinite Dodecahedron Whose Centre is Everywhere and Whose Circumference is Nowhere. (Buffalo, NY: BlazeVox Books, 2004)
- "Multimedia artist, writer promotes work in unusual ways". Victoria Advocate. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "LFC, others creating 3-D 'Plan of Chicago'". Lake Forester. June 26, 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- D'Aoust, Renée E (April 1, 2011), "Drain: a Novel", The Review of Contemporary Fiction, (subscription required ()).
- "Prairie Lights brings in four Chicago authors to read tonight". Daily Iowan. Retrieved 3 January 2013.