Jill Davis

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Jill Davis
Writer Jill Davis image.png
Born1966 (age 52–53)
ResidenceNew York City
Alma mater
1991–1997, writer for David Letterman's programs on NBC and CBS
Home townBerks County, Pennsylvania
Spouse(s)Edward Conard m. May 13, 2000

Jill A. Davis (born 1966) is an American author and television writer.[5] She is a member of the Writers Guild of America. She was nominated for 5 Emmy awards for her 6 years of work as a writer for David Letterman.[6] Her first novel, Girls' Poker Night (published by Random House in 2002), was a New York Times bestseller.[7] It was published in 5 languages, and twelve countries. Her second novel, Ask Again Later, was published by Ecco in February 2007.[8]

Prior to working in television, Davis was a newspaper reporter and columnist.[9] After leaving the Late Show with David Letterman, she created and executive-produced a television show pilot for DreamWorks starring Tracy Pollan, Anna Says. She also wrote and published a number of screenplays, teleplays, short stories and magazine articles.

Davis, originally from Berks County, Pennsylvania, is a graduate of Endicott College and Emerson College,[4] majoring in creative writing. She holds an MFA in Fiction from NYU [10] and has an honorary Ph.D. in Arts & Letters from Endicott.[11] She is married to Edward Conard and lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.[12]



Davis, Jill A. (2007). Ask again later (1st ed.). New York: Ecco. ISBN 978-0060875961. LCCN 2006048613.
Davis, Jill A. (2002). Girls' poker night : a novel (1st ed.). New York: Random House. ISBN 0375505148. LCCN 2001048227.


  • 1996 David Letterman’s New Book of Top Ten Lists and Wedding Dress Patterns for the Husky Brideby David Letterman, Steve O'Donnell, et al. ISBN 0-553-10243-5
  • 1995 David Letterman’s Book of Top Ten Lists and Zest Lo-Cal Chicken Recipesby David Letterman, Steve O'Donnell, et al. ISBN 0-553-10222-2
  • 1996 Home Cookin’ with Dave’s Momby David Letterman, foreword by David Letterman and Jill Davis. ISBN 0-671-00060-8

Short stories[edit]

Television and film[edit]

  • 2000 Drinking, Smoking, Fooling Around, a collection of short stories adapted as monologues (HBO Productions) (writer)
  • 1999 Mother's Helper, teleplay (Blue Relief, Inc.; Bob Kosberg Productions & Touchstone Pictures) (writer)
  • 1999 Anna Says, sitcom pilot (Dreamworks Television and Lottery Hill Entertainment) (creator, writer, executive producer)
  • 1998 The Group, sitcom (Blue Relief, Inc.) (creator, writer, executive producer)
  • 1996 The Late Show with David Letterman: Video Special II (CBS) (writer)
  • 1995 The Late Show with David Letterman: Video Special (CBS) (writer)
  • 1993-1996 The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) (writer)
  • 1992 The Late Show with David Letterman: Tenth Anniversary Special (NBC) (writer)
  • 1991-1993 The Late Show with David Letterman (NBC) (writer)
  • Half Magic, film (Nickelodeon Films) (writer)


  • Davis, Jill A. (November 30, 2002). "10 Things You Don't Know About Women". Esquire.
  • "The Reason You're Still Single: Commitmentphobia Isn't Just a Guy Thing" (Cosmopolitan, Sept. 1 2002)
  • The Countdown (serialized novella later developed as Ask Again Later, USA Today Open Book, 2008)
  • "The North Shore's Literary Treasure, John Updike" (North Shore Life, August–September 1987, Vol VII, No. 4)


  1. ^ "WEDDINGS; Jill Davis, Edward Conard". New York Times. May 14, 2000. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
  2. ^ "Jill A. Davis". Contemporary Authors Online (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library)|format= requires |url= (help). Detroit: Gale. 2008. GALE|H1000176502. Retrieved 2012-05-10. Gale Biography In Context. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Schoonmaker, Rebecca (March 8, 2007). "Laughing at life: Endicott grad infuses books with comedy" (PDF). The Salem News. Retrieved 2012-05-10.
  4. ^ a b "Emersonians in the News". July 2006. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2012-05-10. Author and Emerson alumna Jill A. Davis ’88 was the commencement speaker at Endicott College this year. Davis, author of the 2003 novel Girls’ Poker Night, also received an honorary degree from Endicott. Girls Poker Night has been on the national bestseller list for the New York Times, New York Post, Miami Herald, and other outlets. Prior to her life as a novelist, Davis was a writer for The Late Show with David Letterman, where she received five Emmy nominations. Her other credits include two network pilots for ABC, two screenplays for Paramount Pictures, and short stories.
  5. ^ IMDb listing
  6. ^ Scovell, Nell (May 5, 2015). "The Lost Laughs of Letterman". Vulture (blog). Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  7. ^ "Hardcover Fiction". New York Times. Best Sellers. March 11, 2007. Retrieved 2012-05-10.
  8. ^ worldCat
  9. ^ Author Interview with Jill A. Davis from HarperCollins Publishers
  10. ^ "Society of the Arch". NYU.edu. New York University. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  11. ^ "Women in Leadership Panelists: Endicott College Alumni/Development Announcements"
  12. ^ HarperCollins Publishers Author Biography

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