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Phebe Davidson Collection: Biography
Phebe Davidson

Phebe (Clynes) Davidson was born on March 25, 1944 in Summit, NJ. In 1947, the family moved to Bernardsville, NJ where they lived with Davidsonís maternal grandmother. Davidson attended the Bernardsville public schools, graduated from Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey) in 1967 and married Stephan A. Davidson in 1968. After teaching high school English until the birth of her children, she finally returned to graduate school at Rutgers from 1985-1991, earning a doctorate in American Literature. She moved with her husband and two sons to Aiken South Carolina in 1991 to join the English faculty of the University of South Carolina Aiken. There, she taught a number of English, Writing, and Film courses, achieving the rank of Full Professor holding the G.L.Toole Chair in English. She was first USCA professor to be awarded a University Trustee Professorship and won her universityís award for scholarly activity three times. With colleague Tom Mack she founded and co-edited The Oswald Review , which is still the only national journal devoted to undergraduate criticism and research in the discipline of English. She retired in 2005. In 2006 the university established the Phebe Davidson Prize in Creative Writing, an annual award offered to a full time student of the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Since 2005 Davidson has lived in Westminster, SC. She is the founding editor (1987) of Palanquin Press (where she edited and published 30 chapbooks, four full-length volumes and approximately two dozen broadsides).† Her poetry has appeared widely in literary magazines and journals, ranging from College English to the Kenyon Review, and she continues to publish in print and electronic venues, Town Creek Poetry and The Cortland Review among them.† She is the author of three volumes of scholarship and the editor of two more.† Her most recent collection of poems, Plasma Justice, was published in 2011.† Currently, she is a Contributing Editor at Tar River Poetry and Staff Writer for the Asheville Poetry Review.