Davis McCombs

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Davis McCombs is an American poet. He attended Harvard University as an undergraduate, the University of Virginia as a Henry Hoyns Fellow, and Stanford University as a Wallace Stegner Fellow. He is also the recipient of fellowships from the Ruth Lilly Poetry Foundation, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the Director of the Creative Writing Program, University of Arkansas.

McCombs' work appeared in The Best American Poetry 1996, The Missouri Review, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and other magazines and journals.

McCombs grew up in Munfordville, Kentucky. From 1991 to 2001, he worked as a Park Ranger at Mammoth Cave National Park. He is married to the poet and photographer Carolyn Guinzio.


  • 2005 Larry Levis Editor's Prize by The Missouri Review for a sixteen-part sequence of poems called "Tobacco Mosaic"
  • 2005 Vachel Lindsay Poetry Award from Willow Springs for his poem "Rossetti in 1869"
  • 2005 Joy Bale Boone award from Wind magazine's for a poem called "Noodling."
  • 2005 Dorset Prize, chosen by Linda Gregerson


Poetry collections[edit]

  • McCombs, Davis (2000). Ultima Thule. New Haven: Yale UP.[1]
  • — (2007). Dismal Rock. Dorset, VT: Tupelo Press.

List of poems[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
First hard freeze 2011 McCombs, Davis (Summer 2011). "First hard freeze". Indiana Review. 33 (1). McCombs, Davis (2013). "First hard freeze". In Henderson, Bill (ed.). The Pushcart Prize XXXVII : best of the small presses 2013. Pushcart Press. p. 357.
Dumpster honey 2015 McCombs, Davis (August 3, 2015). "Dumpster honey". The New Yorker. 91 (22): 26. Retrieved 2016-03-21.


  1. ^ Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award

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