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Department of English Graduate Programs
David James Poissant

David James Poissant, Ph.D.

David James Poissant’s short story collection, THE HEAVEN OF ANIMALS, will be published by Simon & Schuster in March, 2014. His stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Playboy, One Story, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and in the New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices anthologies. He is a winner of the Playboy College Fiction Contest, the RopeWalk Fiction Chapbook Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Award, the Matt Clark Prize, and the Alice White Reeves Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts & Letters, as well as awards from The Atlantic Monthly and The Chicago Tribune. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters. Currently, he is at work on a novel, also forthcoming from Simon & Schuster.


  • Ph.D. in English & Comparative Literature from University of Cincinnati (2011)
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of Arizona (2007)
  • B.A. in English from Berry College (2001)

Research Interests

  • Fiction Writing
  • The Short Story
  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Southern Literature
  • Creative Writing Pedagogy

Selected Publications


  • Forthcoming THE HEAVEN OF ANIMALS (Simon & Schuster) March, 2014

Creative Publications

  • “Amputee,” Glimmer Train
  • “The Fox King,” Surreal South 2013
  • “The History of Flight,” The Pinch
  • “The Shape of Sleep,” Altered Scale
  • “The End of Aaron,” Chicago Tribune: Printer’s Row
  • “Monkey See,” Ploughshares
  • “The Collector of Thoughts,” Gulf Coast
  • “Lake,” Beloit Fiction Journal
  • “The Hand Model,” Hayden’s Ferry Review
  • “Last of the Great Land Mammals,” Washington Square
  • “Black Ice,” Freight Stories
  • “Nudists,” Five Chapters
  • “Wake the Baby,” American Literary Review
  • "First, Do No Harm," "Obituary," "Werewolf," Copper Nickel
  • "Away," 15 Views of Orlando
  • “Box of Rain,” Sawmill Magazine
  • “The Fox King,” The Fairy Tale Review
  • “The Baby Glows,” New Stories from the Midwest 2011
  • “The Disappearing Boy,” The Good Men Project
  • Lizard Man, Winner: RopeWalk Press Fiction Chapbook Prize
  • "Refund," One Story
  • "How to Help Your Husband Die," Notre Dame Review
  • "100% Cotton," The Southern Review
  • "Lake in Winter," Iron Horse Literary Review
  • "The Cost of Living," The Mississippi Review
  • "Measuring the Drop," The Greensboro Review
  • “This is My Body,” The Pinch
  • “Between the Teeth,” Press 53 Awards Anthology
  • “Between the Teeth,” What Doesn’t Kill You
  • "The Heaven of Animals," The Atlantic
  • “The Baby Glows,” The Southern Review
  • "The Caterer," New Delta Review
  • “What the Wolf Wants,” West Branch
  • “Lizard Man,” Best New American Voices 2010
  • “First Love,” Southern Indiana Review
  • “Lizard Man,” New Stories from the South 2008
  • “Lizard Man,” Playboy
  • “Venn Diagram,” Best New American Voices 2008
  • “Knockout,” Redivider
  • “The Geometry of Despair,” The Chicago Tribune
  • “Between the Teeth,” Willow Springs
  • “Cooking Lessons,” The Chattahoochee Review


Scholar, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 2012

Notable Story of 2011, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012

Recommended Reading: “Nudists,” The Millions, November 11, 2012

Winner, RopeWalk Press Fiction Chapbook Prize, 2011

Charles Phelps Taft Dissertation Fellowship, 2010-2011

Finalist, The Micro Award, 2011

Third Prize, The Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest, 2010

Winner, Regional Literature Competition, National Society of Arts and Letters, 2010

Winner, Alice White Reeves Memorial Award, National Society of Arts and Letters, 2010

Second Place, Hatfield/Westheimer Short Story Prize, 2010

Winner, Matt Clark Prize, New Delta Review, 2010

Finalist, Mississippi Review Prize, 2010

Finalist, Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, Gulf Coast, 2009

Distinguished Mystery Story of 2007, Best American Mystery Stories 2008

Nomination, Pushcart Prize, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Winner, Playboy College Fiction Contest, 2007

Winner, AWP Quickie Contest, Redivider, 2007

Second Prize, The Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest, 2006

Runner-Up, Nelson Algren Award, The Chicago Tribune, 2006

Winner, George Garrett Fiction Award, Willow Springs, 2006


No courses found for Summer 2014.

No courses found for Fall 2014.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10699 CRW6025 Adv Graduate Writing Workshop Face2Face M 7:30PM - 10:15PM Not Online
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2015.

No courses found for Fall 2015.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
18994 CRW5130 Form & Theory in Creative Wr Face2Face Tu,Th 6:00PM - 7:15PM Not Online
No Description Available

Updated: Oct 29, 2013

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