Steve Davenport

Associate Director of Creative Writing


Steve Davenport (PhD, University of Illinois) has served the Creative Writing Program as Associate Director since the position was created in 2004. While his primary role in the program is administrative, he has served as Creative Nonfiction Editor of Ninth Letter for several issues, teaches one Creative Writing class a semester, and every couple of years team-teaches a songwriting course in the school of Music. He’s the author of two books of poetry: Uncontainable Noise  (2006) and Overpass (2012). A story originallypublished in The Southern Review  received Special Mention in the 2011Pushcart Prizes anthology.  His “Murder on Gasoline Lake,” published first in Black Warrior Review and later packaged as a New American Press chapbook, is listed as Notable in Best American Essays 2007.  His chapbook Nine Poems and Three Fictions won one of The Literary Review’s 2007-2008 Charles Angoff Awards for Outstanding Contributions in a Volume Year.  His scholarship includes an essay about Kerouac and work in Boys Don't Cry?: Rethinking Narratives of Masculinity and Emotion in the U.S. (Columbia Univ. Press) and one about Richard Hugo’s poetry in All Our Stories Are Here: Critical Perspectives on Montana Literature (Univ. of Nebraska Press).


  • BS and MA, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; PhD, University of Illinois



  • Overpass. 2012.
  • Uncontainable Noise. 2006.

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