By 2015 fiction grads Lynn Mellor, Nick Dighera, Stephanie Smith and Dan Mickelsen
This is what you get with David. He is humble and succinct.
As the director of the Creative Writing and Literary Arts program at University of Alaska Anchorage, being succinct is a necessity. With fifteen faculty members, and around fifty students, all of whom are writers, he is essentially managing chaos. And he does it with aplomb, kindness, and an immense understanding of craft. David has been teaching creative writing for over twenty years. In addition to UAA, he has taught at the University of Utah, University of California Davis, and at Western Illinois University, where he was full professor and director of the Graduate Program in English. He was educated in the west at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington (BA '78), and the University of Utah (PhD '94).
Weber Studies, and The American Alpine Journal.
He maintains a blog, “I May Be Some Time,” at http://ddstevenson.blogspot.com/, which is not intended for a particular audience because, “Thinking about your audience, I think, is for ‘careerists’ and technical writers and undergraduates in composition courses. Thinking about your audience is not for artists, or even wannabe artists such as myself.”
“Wannabe artist”? Much like his hair, David’s writing is beautiful and nuanced. In Letters from Chamonix, climbing gear, mountain summits, hypothermia, and characters--as disparate as they are interesting--are described in loving detail that is real and vivid. Tension, conflict, ascent, and death emerge through the theme of mountain climbing in ways that push language and inspire his graduates.
We all should look forward to having David crush us under the weight of such esteemed heartbreak. Because when he’s done, he’ll be the one to pick us all back up.