Born in New York in 1970, Jordan Davis was recognized for his editing
and criticism as early as high school, winning prizes from the
Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Davis went on to attend
Columbia College where he studied under Kenneth Koch and was an editor
of the college's paper. He graduated with a BA in English in 1992,
while continuing to work as Koch's assistant and editor.
Davis served as editor of the Poetry Project Newsletter from 1992 to
1994. Davis was also an editor for Teachers and Writers Collaborative
for several years. In 1995, he became host and curator of the Poetry
City reading series and in 1999, he founded the literary journal The
Hat with his T&W coworker, Chris Edgar.
In 2003, Davis released his first collection of poetry, Million Poems
Journal (Faux, 2003). Since then he has co-edited several collections
of poetry, including Free Radicals: American Poets Before Their First
Books (Subpress, 2004) and The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch (Knopf,
2005). Davis has reviewed poetry for both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus
Reviews, and written about poetry for Paper, Slate, and The Village
Davis currently writes about poetry for The Constant Critic and The
Nation. He is married to the writer Alison Stine. He divides his time between New York and Ohio.