This year, Geffrey Davis won the 10th annual Anne Halley Prize for poetry from the Massachusetts Review. One of the features of that prize is an invited reading in Amherst, Massachusetts, which Davis gave last April. So I happily made the drive to visit my old grad-school friend, celebrate his recent publication, and hear him read his soulful, penetrating work.
Amherst Books graciously hosted the event, which was well attended by an enthusiastic audience of teachers, students, poets, publishers, and readers. Among them was Jules Chametzky, a UMass professor and critic of ethnic American literature who helped found the Massachusetts Review in the late 1950s.The Halley Prize is named in honor of his late wife, who was a writer and poetry editor at MR.
Davis’s debut collection of poems, Revising the Storm, was selected by Dorianne Laux as the winner of the 2013 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and published by BOA Editions (2014). He co-founded and co-edits the online journal Toe Good Poetry.
Here, Davis reads three of his poems: “Unfledged,” “Meditation at a Pennsylvania Diner: Early Morning,” and “What We Set in Motion.”