Davis Schneiderman

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Davis Schneiderman (born 1974) is an American writer and academic, known for the unusual packaging of his novels. He is a professor of English at Lake Forest College in Illinois.


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.[1] 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.[2]


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".[3]

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.[4] Another of his books was encased in plaster.[1]



  • 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);

Edited Collections[edit]

  • 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)


  1. ^ a b "Multimedia artist, writer promotes work in unusual ways". Victoria Advocate. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "LFC, others creating 3-D 'Plan of Chicago'". Lake Forester. June 26, 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  3. ^ D'Aoust, Renée E (April 1, 2011), "Drain: a Novel", The Review of Contemporary Fiction, (subscription required (help)) .
  4. ^ "Prairie Lights brings in four Chicago authors to read tonight". Daily Iowan. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 

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