Geffrey Davis, Whiting Foundation award winner Andrew Kilgore

UA Professor Geffrey Davis has won a $50,000 Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship for his work with the touring performance On the Row: The Prison Story Project.”

The award, from the Whiting Foundation, supports writers and scholars in the humanities.

“On the Row” is both performance — a staged reading — about 10 men on Arkansas’s death row and a discussion about the state’s criminal justice system.


The Prison Story Project began in 2012 with inmates from the women’s correction center in Northwest Arkansas. 

Davis is an assistant professor of English and teaches in the UA’s Creative Writing program. His book of poetry “Night Angler” will be published this year, and his work has been chosen for publication in Crazyhorse, The Massachusetts Review, New England Review, New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, PBS NewsHour and Ploughshares.
He is poetry editor of Iron Horse Literary Review, published by Texas Tech.


Here’s the news release from the Whiting Foundation: