Photo: Michael Wakefield
David Eye is the author of Seed, released in 2017 from The Word Works. The manuscript was chosen by award-winning poet Eduardo C. Corral for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection. David’s chapbook, Rain Leaping Up When a Cab Goes Past, was published in 2013 in the Editor’s Series at Seven Kitchens Press, and his poems and prose have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. He is at work on a collection of personal essays, and something for the stage. (Stay tuned.)
David is the recipient of a 2017 Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Poetry and a 2014 Tennessee Williams Scholarship in Poetry from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He received a scholarship to the 2016 West Chester University Poetry Conference and he is the winner of the 2014 Hudson Valley Writers Guild Non-Fiction Prize in the humor category. David was a finalist in the 2015-2016 Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest, selected by Yusef Komunyakaa. He was awarded a scholarship in 2018 from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown to attend a songwriting workshop with Patty Larkin.
David earned an MFA in Creative Writing in 2008 from Syracuse University, where he also began teaching. This came after seventeen years as a performer in New York City, national tours, regional theaters, and some television. Before moving to New York, he spent four years in Texas in the military. This places him in an elite group of poet/professors who have served in both the United States Army—and the Broadway tour of Cats.
David currently works as a freelance editor. He is an Associate Editor at 32 Poems and served Fall 2019 as a mentor in the Writer to Writer mentorship program of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). He served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Manhattan College from 2010 to 2013, and has also taught at Syracuse University (English Department and Writing Program), St. John’s University (Staten Island campus), and Cazenovia College. He grew up in rural Virginia, and lives in a cottage at the edge of the woods in the Catskill Mountains.