Interview: Theresa Davis, poet and author of “Drowned”

Theresa Davis, like many young women in middle school, kept a private diary. Not until her freshman year at Gordon College in Barnesville, Georgia did she perform one of her poems for an audience. Seeing a notice for women to sign up for the college pageant that would choose its Miss Georgia contestant, Davis, one of a few blacks in recently integrated rural college, made inquiry about the pageant. She was politely discouraged and told she couldn’t afford to participate. Davis made her own dress for $17 and performed a piece she wrote about death as a protest that went “horribly awry.”

Interview with Theresa Davis on Atlanta INtown

poetry, slam, Java Monkey, ArtAmok, Alice Lovelace, burlesque, Seven Stages, Jon Goode, Ken J. Martin, Gabe Moses, Jikki Riley, Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, Sibling Rivalry Press, Cliterati, Bryan Borland, Drowned  A Mermaid’s Manifesto

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