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John Paul Davis


John Paul Davis
John Paul Davis
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John Paul Davis is a writer and teacher who was part of the 2000 Mad Bar (Chicago) poetry slam team. He edited the handbound, hand-made literary journal, Em Literary. An able webmaster, he keeps his own site online at johnpauldavis.org, wherein he publishes a blog that includes many of his better-known poems, fiction pieces, and satire.

Davis's poems and stories have appeared in various literary journals in print and online, including RATTLE, Columbia Poetry Review, and Off the Cuffs, a Soft Skull anthology of poems by and about police officers. His first book, Copy of a Copy of a Copy, a handbound, letter-pressed edition with audio recordings of all the poems (from which some of the offerings below are taken), was published by Blue Barnhouse Books in late summer 2004.

In 2009, Davis returned to Chicago from Ohio, renewed his interest in slam poetry, and joined Vox Ferus as a poet in residence.

Attack of the Fifty-foot Literary Critic
recorded 9-Jun-2000 at e-poets.net studios in Chicago, for the Mad Bar 2000 slam team CD
Lines Composed A Couple Thousand Miles Away From Seattle Where Cops With Guns Protect Big Business From Protestors With Dangerous Placards
a memoir of the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle

The following audiopoems were produced by Davis in winter 2003-04:
Story Poem
The Night Before War Is Declared

- November 2009