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Department of English Graduate Programs
David James Poissant

David James Poissant, Ph.D.

David James Poissant is the author of THE HEAVEN OF ANIMALS: STORIES (Simon & Schuster, 2014), longlisted for the PEN / Robert W. Bingham Prize, winner of the GLCA New Writers Award and a Florida Book Award, and a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. Poissant’s stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, The New York Times, One Story, Playboy, PloughsharesThe Southern Review, and in several anthologies, including New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices. 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. 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


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


  • “The Story of a Year,” Ecotone, Spring, 2015

  • “Ten Books That Changed Your Life? The New List Trend,” The Good Men Project, September

    15, 2014

  • “On ‘Leaves,’ a Consideration of Happiness, Righteousness, and Grace (with Digressions),” The

    John Updike Review, Vol. 3, No.1, Spring 2014

  • “I Want to Be Friends With Republicans,” The New York Times, November 3, 2013

  • “Fish, Girls, Flight,” Sundog Lit, February, 2013

  • “The Ecstatic: On Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods,” Tin House, online, November 16, 2011

Creative Publications

  • Forthcoming "The Baby Directs Brahms," The Southern Review
  • Forthcoming "Tornado," Glimmer Train
  • "The History of Flight," Serious Daring: Creative Writing in Four Genres
  • “Refund,” One Story Collected
  • “Lorelei,” Southern Indiana Review
  • “Stealing Orlando,” Newfound Journal
  • "Flight Patterns," Post Road
  • “A Boyfriend, Obamacare, a Cat,” Post Road
  • "Nathan," The Chattahoochee Review
  • "Missed Connection," Columbia
  • "Zugzwang," Tweeds
  • “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


Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Long List, PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize

Winner, 2015 GLCA New Writers Award

Silver Medal, Florida Books Awards

An Amazon 2014 Best Book of the Year

An Amazon 2014 Top Twenty Story Collection of the Year

Best Short Story Collection of 2014, Tweed’s Magazine

9 Best Books of 2014, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2014

Out Now Pick, The Washington Post, 2014

Must-Read Pick, New York Post, 2014

The Kirkus Star: “Awarded to Books of Exceptional Merit,” Kirkus Reviews, 2014

Most Anticipated Books of 2014, The Millions

D.H. Lawrence Fellow, Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, 2015

Walter E. Dakin Fellow, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, 2014

Teaching Fellow, Wesleyan Writers Conference, 2014

Scholar, Tin House Summer Writer’s Conference, 2013

In-House Research Award, UCF Office of Research & Commercialization, 2012-2013

Margaret Bridgman Scholarship in Fiction, 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

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


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10454 CRW6025 Adv Graduate Writing Workshop Face2Face Th 7:30PM - 10:15PM Not Online
CRW6025.0001: Advanced Writing Workshop - Fiction

PR: Admission to the Creative Writing MFA

CRW 6025 is a workshop course in which you will write new stories or novel chapters. Additionally, you will revise one of these stories. Stories will be read and critiques for structure and for style. We will comment on each other's work and aim to grow as writers and as critics of fiction. It's also my hope that this course will broaden your literary aesthetic, cracking open what you think of as your style or voice and tugging at you to try new things in your own writing.

No courses found for Fall 2016.

No courses found for Summer 2016.

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
CRW 5130: Form and Theory in Creative Writing: Fiction

This is a graduate-level course open to students in the MFA Program. Students in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction tracks are invited to enroll. This will be a reading-intensive course. We will read a book a week, moving from Postmodern fiction texts through contemporary fiction texts, charting the course of experimentation and realism in American fiction over the past fifty years. We will also do extensive work on craft at the sentence level, debating the relevance of Strunk and White and applying craft techniques to our own sentences. The course will not contain a fiction workshop component, though students will do some fiction writing.

this is a course designed to expose you to the contemporary literary landscape. We will consider the myriad styles and voices at play in American fiction over the past fifty years in multiple forms (Story, novella, linked stories, and novel). We will also attempt to unravel the origins of the dubious divide between the realist and the fantastic, and between the traditional and the experimental, as that seeming divide pertains to plot, language, and structure in storytelling. This course is intended as a study of fiction (its elements and structures) and as a craft class. We will pay particular attention to work at the sentence level. Mostly, it is my hope that the course will broaden your literary aesthetic, cracking open what you think of as your style or voice, tugging at you to try new things in your own writing, and encouraging you never to compromise at the sentence level.

No courses found for Fall 2015.

No courses found for Summer 2015.

Updated: Sep 29, 2015

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