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    Selected Publications

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    Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces (January 30, 2017).  Essay collection, Flatiron Books, a division of Macmillan. Editor: Amy Einhorn, editor.

    Creative Nonfiction

    "Little Hole," Severance Magazine, November 2021.

    "Creative Writing Academic Wiki," Showbear Family Circus, 2021.

    "Sinkhole," The Alaska Quarterly, 2021.

    "Arrhythmia," Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: An Anthology edited by Debra Monroe, 2020.

    "Writing About Others: A Continued Conversation," Fourth Genre, Fall 2019.

    "Music to Be Played If I Fall into a Coma," McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, 2019.

    "Arrhythmia," The Missouri Review, Fall, 2018.

    “The Dress,” Narrative Magazine, forthcoming November, 2017. 

    Mothers of Sparta,” Arts & Letters Journal, Fall, 2016.

    “Birayshul,” Selected Memories: Our First Five Years, anthology published by Hippocampus Magazine, Fall, 2016.

    “Soccer Mom,” Brain, Child Magazine, Summer, 2016.

    “Keeping the Faith,” Chautauqua, June, 2016.

    Contributors on Craft: Dawn S. Davies on Truth-Seeking and Audience Response,” The Missouri Review, February, 2016.

    “King of the World,” The Missouri Review, December, 2015.

    One of the Girls,” Brain, Child Magazine, September, 2015.

    “Disquiet and the Lyric Essay,” Fourth Genre, Spring, 2016.

    “Four Animals,” Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine, Fall, 2015.

    “Fear of Falling,” HerStories Anthology: Mothering Through the Darkness, Summer, 2015.

    “Unsolicited Child Training Tip #16: Benign Neglect,” Brain, Child Magazine, June, 2015.

    “Kicking the Snakes,” New Plains Review, Spring, 2015.

    “Pie,” Fourth Genre, August, 2015.

    “Secrecy, Honesty, and Creative Nonfiction,” A companion essay to “Pie,” Fourth Genre, August, 2015.

    “Band-Aid Wrappers in the Bottom of the Bin: A Soliloquy,” Fourth Genre, January, 2015.

    “Sheep to the Cyclops,” Ninth Letter, Spring, 2015.

    “Two Views of a Secret,” Saw Palm, February, 2015.

    “Birayshul,” Hippocampus Magazine, August, 2014.

    “Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mother,” Brain, Child Magazine, July, 2014.

    “Don’t Like It Too Much,” River Styx, July, 2014.

    “Cologne,” River Teeth Journal’s “Beautiful Things” Column, May, 2014.



    “Mailing a Letter" Poetry Daily Feature, January 21, 2020. 

    Mailing a Letter,” New Ohio Review, Spring, 2019.

    “An Awful Estrangement of Parts from the Whole,” Poetry Northwest, January 2019.

    “Above Rubies,” Word Riot, May, 2016.

    “Punkin’,” Literary Orphans, Spring, 2015.

    “Three Prose Poems about Listening to Music,” Cease, Cows, October, 2014.

    “The Logic of Anxiety,” Ten-Cent Journal, 2013.




    "Angels in the Architecture," Cleaver Magazine, December, 2018.

    “Centaur,” Lunch Ticket Journal, June, 2016.“Anatomy,” The Texas Review, 2016.

    “Rejection Wiki: An Amalgam,” The Offbeat Literary Journal, Michigan State University, 2016.

    “Something Merciful,” Southern Gothic Revival Anthology, Twisted Road Publications, 2016.

    “The Slattern,” The Austin Review, August, 2015.

    “Giver of Life,” Border Crossing, Spring, 2015.

     “Tea Service for One,” Real South Magazine, July, 2013.



    Interviews, Features & Reviews


    Interview with author Dawn Davies in Voices Above the Noise, The Sunday Paper, June 4, 2022.

    The Rumpus, "Grateful Maniacs: A Conversation with Dawn Davies, October 30, 2020.

    Poetry Daily, ( featured poem of the day January 18, 2020.

    Kenyon Review Podcast, forthcoming Winter 2020.

    WLRN Sundial Podcast, January 14, 2020.

    WLRN, The Florida Roundup, 11/16/2018.

    The Neil Haley Show, 11/17/2018.

    American Booksellers Association, “Indies Introduces” Features Mothers of Sparta for Spring, 2018.

    Indie Bound, "Indie Next List" Features Mothers of Sparta for Spring, 2018.

    The Megyn Kelly Show, March 22, 2018.

    The Megyn Kelly Show, February 7, 2018.

    Ampersand Interview Series, Arts & Letters Magazine, Interview with Dawn Davies, 12/12/2017

    Publishers Weekly, Review of Mothers of Sparta, online and in print, 

    Booklist, Review of Mothers of Sparta, online and print 12/1/2017.

    Kirkus, Kirkus Review of Mothers of Sparta. Online 10/11/2017, print 11/1/2017.

    Ploughshares, “The Best Short Story I Read in a Lit Mag this Week: “Punkin’” by Dawn S. Davies,” written by Ross McMeekin. August 8, 2015.

    Border Crossing Magazine, “An Interview with Dawn S. Davies,” Summer, 2015.

    Awards & Honors


    Essay "Sinkhole" – Best American Essays "Notable Essay," 2022.

    Book Award, Mothers of Sparta, The Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Book Award, 2019.

    Book, Mothers of Sparta, Indies Next List February, 2019 - paperback.

    Short story, "Angels in the Architecture." nominated by Cleaver Magazine for Pushcart Award.

    Book, Mothers of Sparta, Indies Next List February, 2018.

    Book, Mothers of Sparta, Indies Introduces List Winter, 2018.

    Essay “Keeping the Faith” – Best American Essays “Notable Essay,” 2017.

    Winner of the 2016 Arts and Letters Susan Atefat Prize for Creative Nonfiction for essay, “Mothers of Sparta.”

    Appomattox Regional Governor’s School Writer in Residence, Petersburg, VA, May 2016.

    Essay “King of the World” – Best American Essays “Notable Essay,” 2016.

    Essay “Don’t Like It Too Much” – Best American Essays “Notable Essay,” 2015.

    Essay “Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom,” – Pushcart Prize Special Mention, 2015.

    Essay “Disquiet and the Lyrics Essay” – Finalist in the 2105 Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Contest, August 2015.

    Short Story “Something Merciful” – Finalist for the New Millennium Writing Contest, June 2015.

    Memoir Mothers of Sparta – Won Florida International University Provost Award for Graduate Student Outstanding Creative Project – 2015.

    “Games I Play” (essay) – Won Florida International University’s Graduate Student Literature Award for Nonfiction – 2015.

    “Mothers of Sparta” (essay) – Finalist for SLS Disquiet Literary Contest, March 2015 – scholarship to writer’s conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

    “Three Places” – Won Florida International University’s Graduate Student Literature Award for Nonfiction – 2013.

    “Three Places” – Won the Kentucky Women Writers Conference Gabehart Award for Nonfiction, September 2013.

    “How to Be a Crappy Mother” – Finalist the Tucson Festival of Books Fiction Contest, 2013

    “Giver of Life” – Finalist for the Arcadia Fiction Chapbook Contest, October 2014.

    “Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom” – nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Fall, 2014, by Brain, Child Magazine.

    “Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom” – Editors’ Pick for 2014 by Brain, Child Magazine.

    “Birayshul” – voted “Most Notable 2014” by Hippocampus Magazine.

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