James Phillip Davis was born on a U.S. Army base in Nuremburg, Germany, in 1985. He grew up in Colorado Springs, CO. He has a BA in French and English from the University of Houston and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Florida.
James's poems cover a wide range of subject matter: gay desire, Evangelical Christianity, Scrabble, video games, toxic masculinity, depression, and pop culture. His first book, Club Q, was awarded the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize by The Waywiser Press and will be published Fall 2020. His poems have appeared in two installments of the Best New Poets anthology (2011 & 2019), as well as numerous print and online journals.
In addition to poetry, James occasionally writes short fiction and creative non-fiction. His essay "Skimmer" won an Honorable Mention from the AWP Intro Journal Awards, and his stories have appeared in NANO Fiction and American Short Fiction online.
When he's not writing, James plays a serious game of Scrabble. He's consistently ranked among the top 100 players in North America.