Alumnus Adam O. Davis '06 Wins Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize

BY Zoe Contros Kearl, August 30, 2019

Headshot of Adam DavisPoetry alumnus Adam O. Davis '06 is a 2019 winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, presented by Sarbande Books. As winner, Davis will release his first poetry collection, Index of Haunted Houses


This year's Kathryn A. Morton Prize was selected by judges Sarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner. The prize includes a $2,000 cash award, publication of a full-length collection of poetry, a Sarabande Writing Residency, and a standard royalty contract. Kathryn A. Morton was a published author and devotee of fine literature, especially poetry. Sarabande Books is a nonprofit literary press founded in Louisville, Kentucky, established in 1994 to champion poetry, fiction, and essay. They are committed to creating lasting editions that honor exceptional writing. With over two hundred titles in print, Sarabande has earned a dedicated readership and a national reputation as a publisher of diverse forms and innovative voices. Sarabande Books is proud to invest in emerging writers and serve as an educational resource locally and nationally.


Davis' debut poetry collection, Index of Haunted Houses, is forthcoming from Sarabande Books. He is the recipient of the 2016 George Bogin award from the Poetry Society of America and has received grants and fellowships from The Bishop's School, Columbia University, Vermont Studio Center, and Western Michigan University. His work has appeared in many journals, including The Believer, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, The Paris Review, The Southern Review, and zyzzyva. He currently teaches English at the Bishop's School in San Diego, California. Davis received his MFA from Columbia University.