Davis, Jackie

Davis, Jackie

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In Brief

Jackie Davis is a prose writer and poet. While at Victoria University, completing her MA in Creative Writing, Davis won the Lilian Ida Smith Award for original composition. The following year her first novel, Breathe (2002), was published; her second novel, Swim, was released in 2003. She won the NZSA Foxton Fellowship in 2006, and her writing has appeared in a range of journals and magazines.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Davis, Jackie (1963 –) is a poet and prose writer.

Davis is a graduate of Bill Manhire’s MA in Creative Writing (2001) at the International Institute of Modern Letters. While at Victoria University, Davis won the Lilian Ida Smith Award for original composition. The following year, her first novel Breathe (2002) was published, and her second novel, Swim, was released in 2003. She won the NZSA Foxton Fellowship in 2006, worth $6,600.

Born and raised in New Plymouth, Davis began her professional career as a registered nurse, but in 2001 became a full-time writer. Her stories and poems have appeared in The Listener, Takahe, Metro and the Australian School Magazine.

Steve Scott writes, that in Breathe, Davis shows herself to be ‘a gifted story teller with the rare ability to capture raw emotions and present them in an unsentimental yet sincere fashion.’

Updated January 2017.