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Robin Davidson

Associate Professor of English
Ph.D., University of Houston, 2001

Teaching and Research Interests:
Creative Writing; Twentieth-Century American Poetry; World Literature and Translation; Literature by Women, in particular Central & East European Poetry (Polish, Czech, and Romanian poets), and British Women Poets of the Victorian Era; Composition.

Selected Publications:


Luminous Other: Poems (forthcoming from Ashland Poetry Press, September, 2013)

The New Century: Poems by Ewa Lipska translated from the Polish with Ewa Elżbieta Nowakowska (Northwestern University Press, 2009).


City That Ripens on the Tree of the World: Poems (Calypso Editions, 2013)

Kneeling in the Dojo: Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2013)


"The Lyric Angel", "April Storm," and "August Garden", in qarrtsiluni (2012, 2008)

“Braiding.” Poet Lore 107.3-4 (2012): 45.

“Religion by Design,” “Revisions,” and “Window” in Tampa Review 39 (2010): 56-59.

“The Rothko Chapel, Houston, Early Spring.” Improbable Worlds: an anthology of Texas and Louisiana Poets. Ed. Martha Serpas. Mutabilis Press, 2011. 70-71.

“Braiding” („Zaplatanie warkoczy”), “Chestnut Trees” („Kasztanowce”), “In An Amsterdam Hotel” („W jednym z hoteli w Amsterdamie”), “Spoleto Cemetery” („Cmentarz w Spoleto”), From “Winter Litany” (Z cyklu: „Litania zimowa” 1, 2, 3), and “What Mrs. Schmetterling Wants” („Czego pragnie pani Schmetterling”) in Fraza 18.3-4 (2009): 163. Polish translation by Ewa Elżbieta Nowakowska. (Fraza is a Polish literary journal published in Rzeszów, Poland.)

Scholarly Essays & Translations

“A Door Handle,” “Confessions of a Courtesan,” “Dishwasher,” “My Translators,” “Questions at a Poetry Reading,” and “Warranty” by Ewa Lipska translated from the Polish with Ewa Elżbieta Nowakowska forthcoming in Calling Out to Yeti: An Anthology of Polish Women Poets. Ed. Karen Kovacik. White Pine Press, 2014.

“The Accident of Beauty: A Study of Ewa Lipska’s Poetic Volume 1999” in Common Knowledge 18.3 (2012): 557-581. With companion translations of poems by Ewa Lipska, including “2001,” “Calvin,” “December 31, 1999,” “God Asks,” “Hannah Arendt,” “Monument,” “The Smells of Evil,” and the six-poem sequence “Newton’s Orange.”

“Mr. Schmetterling Meets Mr. Cogito: Ewa Lipska’s Response to Zbigniew Herbert.” Poetry and its Language: Papers in Honour of Teresa Bela. Eds. Marta Gibińska and Władysław Witalisz. Text-Meaning-Context: Cracow Studies in English Language, Literature and Culture, Volume 5. Peter Lang–Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, 2012. 257-266.

“Calvin,” “Elsewhere,” “Fashion Craze,” “Helplessness,” “Newton’s Orange,” “Newton’s Orange: Infinity,” “No One,” “Pet Shops,” and “Splinter” by Ewa Lipska translated from the Polish with Ewa Elżbieta Nowakowska, 22 April 2008, Poetry International Web.

Recent Awards and Honors

2013 Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarly & Creative Activity, University of Houston-Downtown.

2013 Finalist, Houston’s First Poet Laureate, sponsored by the Office of the Mayor (Annise Parker) and Houston Arts Alliance.

2012 The Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize for Luminous Other: Poems, Ashland Poetry Press, judged by Elizabeth Spires. (498 submissions)

2012 First Honorable Mention for Kneeling in the Dojo, New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition, Finishing Line Press. (317 submissions)

2012 Finalist, New Letters Prize for Poetry.

2012 Finalist, Summer Literary Seminars Unified Literary Contest to study in Lithuania. (1600+ international submissions)

2011 Faculty Development Leave Award for Creative Activity (Poetry), University of Houston-Downtown.

2010 Organized Research Grant for Creative Activity (Poetry), University of Houston-Downtown.

2009 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Translation for The New Century: Poems by Ewa Lipska, translated from the Polish with Ewa Elżbieta Nowakowska.

2009 Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant Program, New Works Fellowship in Literature (Poetry) for original poems.


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