Theresa Davis is the mother of three and was a classroom teacher for over twenty years. She reclaimed her love for poetry eleven years ago after the loss of her father. Since his death she has emerged as a nationally recognized slam poet, youth advocate, and teacher of poetry. Theresa co-founded the Art Amok Slam Team, and has competed in multiple national and regional competitions culminating in 2011 when she took first place in the Women of the World Poetry Slam Competition.
In recognition of her years of activism on behalf of Atlanta’s youth, she was honored by the City of Atlanta with a proclamation, declaring May 22, “Theresa Davis Day in Atlanta”. In July 2012, in partnership with the City of Atlanta’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Theresa released her chapbook “Simon Says”–poems about teaching with anti-bullying themes.
The same year, Theresa was named the 2012 McEver Chair in Poetry at Georgia Tech University. According to the GA Tech website: “In addition to teaching Tech students, each visiting chair will reach into the community with a program of poetry events and workshops designed to recognize poetry for its possibilities in all our lives and to recognize those involved in the craft of writing poetry–whether accomplished, rising, or beginning–for the artists they are.”
In May 2013, her first full collection of poems entitled “After This We Go Dark” was published by Sibling Rivalry Press. “After This We Go Dark” became an American Library Association Honoree, and the book can now be checked out in local and college libraries around the world. Theresa spent most of 2014 on tour With Shyla Hardwick on “The Huemyn Tour”. She was featured as the opening performance poet for the band Rising Appalachia for their 2014 – 2015 national tour. Her new poetry collection “Drowned: A Mermaid’s Manifesto” was released with Sibling Rivalry Press in fall of 2016.
Theresa hosts and participates in many of the lit events around Atlanta. She also produces the talent filled Poems and Pasties. In addition to long walks on the beach, Theresa enjoys bacon, brunch and books. Her favorite colors are purple and shiny.