BY APRIL KNUTSON
Alan Davis sprung from a background that has flourished into a successful career as both a writer and professor at MSUM. Dividing his time between teaching creative writing and being senior editor at New Rivers Press, he has also found time to create collections of short stories.
Most recently his work â€œSo Bravely Vegetativeâ€ captured the Prize Americana for Fiction 2010. This prize is awarded by Americana: The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture, a non-profit organization dedicated to the publication of exceptional American creative writing since 1900.
â€œSo Barely Vegetativeâ€ is filled with global issues interjected by comic relief and pop culture.
Often writing a chapter or short story in one sitting, Davis believes that writing is re-writing.
â€œThe great thing about writing is that you go back and change the storyline, a lot different then life,â€ he said.
Students donâ€™t have to worry about Davis leaving the university in pursuit of his writing career.
â€œWriting is my vocation and teaching is my profession,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™ll continue to do both until I retire, and then Iâ€™ll continue writing until I canâ€™t anymore.â€