David James Poissant

David James Poissant, Ph.D.

Biography

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.

Education

  • 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

Books

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

Articles/Essays

  • “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

Awards

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

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
18452 CRW4122 Adv Fiction Writing Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) Th 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable

CRW 4122 is an advanced fiction writing workshop. Our focus will be on the close reading of contemporary fiction. We will explore fiction theory and study the short story for its elements: character, plot, setting, dialogue, point of view, etc. We will also learn to read, analyze, and critique our own work and the work of our peers. Finally, taking into consideration that writing is a craft, we will study the art of revision.

19587 CRW5130 Form & Theory in Creative Wr Face to Face Instruction (P) M 07:30 PM - 10:15 PM Unavailable

Form & Theory will cover forms visited less often in the creative writing workshop: plays, novellas, and graphic narrative.

No guarantees, but the reading list will likely include most of the following:

Plays:
Lucas Hnath, The Christians
Itamar Moses, The Four of Us
Annie Baker, The Flick
August Wilson, Radio Golf
A. R. Gurney, The Dining Room

Novellas and novella collections:
Asymmetry, Lisa Halliday
We're in Trouble, Christopher Coake
Dirty Love, Andre Dunus III
Nocturnes, Kazuo Ishiguro

The Age of Grief, Jane Smiley
"Refresh, Refresh," Benjamin Percy

Graphic novels/memoirs/essays:

Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud
Refresh, Refresh, Benjamin Percy
Get Naked, Steven Seagle
This One Summer, Mariko Tamaki
Spinning, Tillie Walden
Here, Richard McGuire

We will study each form on its own and how each differs from the story, essay, and novel forms most of us were raised on. We will look at the art of adaptation with Percy's story/novella "Refresh, Refresh" and its later comic adaptation. We will study the graphic novel Here, the play The Dining Room, and Coake's novella All Through the House side by side in one week to demonstrate that no one form has a stranglehold on any particular subject matter or project mission. (Each of these uses a single setting to tell a story over a period of years with rotating or absent viewpoint characters, the consistency being the setting and sense of place.)

With novellas, we will look at individual novella structure as well as the art of assembling a book of novellas.

The study of graphic narrative will be guided by Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics.

We will likely do several imitations, and the course will probably contain at least three projects. One project will be for the student to seek out, read, and review/report on a novella, play, or graphic work of their choosing with an aim toward reviewing new work and publishing the reviews. Another assignment will be a paper on form/theory/craft in comics, playwriting, or/or novellas (student's choice), one that is craft-centered with the potential to work as an essay for The Writer's Chronicle or elsewhere. (Two previous UCF student form and theory craft papers have been published in AWP's Writer's Chronicle.) A third project would be the opening pages of a novella, play, or graphic work of the student's choice (an original creative work) accompanied by an outline or plan of action for the project. (I will not expect students to complete a full, original manuscript for this class...that's what workshop and thesis hours are for.)

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
90110 CRW3120 Fiction Writing Workshop Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) Tu 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM Unavailable

CRW 3120 is an intermediate level fiction writing workshop for English majors. Our focus will be on the close reading of contemporary short stories. Working from an anthology of American writers, we will familiarize ourselves with the many structures and styles of fiction today. We will then create stories of our own. These stories will be workshopped with a focus on craft and narrative technique. Students will also learn revision strategies and apply those to their work.

91936 CRW4122 Adv Fiction Writing Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) Th 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable

CRW 4122 is an advanced fiction writing workshop. Our focus will be on the close reading of contemporary fiction. We will explore fiction theory and study the short story for its elements: character, plot, setting, dialogue, point of view, etc. We will also learn to read, analyze, and critique our own work and the work of our peers. Finally, taking into consideration that writing is a craft, we will study the art of revision.

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
61019 CRW4122 Adv Fiction Writing Workshop World Wide Web (W) B Unavailable

CRW 4122 is an advanced fiction writing workshop. Our focus will be on the close reading of contemporary fiction. We will explore fiction theory and study the short story for its elements: character, plot, setting, dialogue, point of view, etc. We will also learn to read, analyze, and critique our own work and the work of our peers. Finally, taking into consideration that writing is a craft, we will study the art of revision.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10790 CRW4122 Adv Fiction Writing Workshop Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM Unavailable

PR: English major or minor, and grade of C (2.0) or better required in CRW 3120

CRW 4122 is an advanced fiction writing workshop. Our focus will be on the close reading of contemporary literary (non-genre) fiction. We will explore fiction theory and study the short story for its elements: character, plot, setting, dialogue, point of view, etc. We will also learn to read, analyze, and critique our own work and the work of our peers. Finally, taking into consideration writing as a craft, we will study the art of revision.

10737 CRW6025 Adv Graduate Writing Workshop Face to Face Instruction (P) W 07:30 PM - 10:15 PM Available

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

No courses found for Fall 2018.

Updated: Dec 6, 2018