David Black, a resident of Louisa, has published in more than 40 magazines and anthologies such as Now & Then, Zone 3, Tar River Poetry, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Appalachian Journal, and The Random House Treasury of Light Verse. He is the former poetry editor of English Journal, the national organ for teachers of English.
He has published four poetry collections: Some Task, Long Forgotten and Other Poems (2000, 2nd edition 2017), The Clown in the Tent (2010), Shortcomings: Around the Grounds & Corner (2017), and Aspects of a Crosscut Saw (2017). These have been reviewed and praised by people such as Henry Taylor (Pulitzer winner in Poetry 1986) and Ted Kooser (former two-term U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer winner in Poetry 2005).
He currently is working on two more books: one, a general collection; the other, a book focused on Ireland and Scotland. Poems to appear in that collection are appearing now in The Scottish Banner, Ireland of the Welcomes and elsewhere.
He’s given readings in Virginia, Washington, DC, and North Carolina. He is available for paid readings for adults and upper level students, but does not do workshops.
He is also a professional woodcarver and wedding officiant.