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Christina Davis

Curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Houghton Library

Christina Davis has served as the Curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room since 2008 and has received both the Dean's Distinction and the Dean's Impact Award for her work.

During her curatorship, she has worked to expand (and re-imagine) online access by creating the Listening Booth and launching the Poetry Room YouTube Channel. She has also established the WPR Creative Fellowship program, the audio-seminars curriculum, and a wide range of public programming series including the Oral History Initiative, Reel Time, Boston Originals, A Provocation, and the Vocarium Reading Series.

She is the award-winning author of An Ethic (Nightboat, 2013) and Forth A Raven (Alice James, 2006) and the manuscript-in-progress The Intrabody. Her poems, translations, and essays have appeared in such journals as the American Poetry ReviewBoston Review, Brooklyn RailJubilat, The NationThe New Republic, Paris Review, and Poetry Magazine. She is the recipient of residencies from the Bellagio Center/Rockefeller Foundation, the Dora Maar House (France), the Inside-Out Museum (Beijing, China), the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the American Academy in Rome.

Throughout her 20-year career, Davis has dedicated herself to the service of writers (and literature) and to supporting and sustaining artistic communities through her work at such organizations as Poets House, New York University, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, and the Poetry Society of America. She is a graduate of Oxford University and the University of Pennsylvania, and seeks to continue to learn through conversations, readings, questions, and encounters.