Jennifer S. Davis


Originally from Alabama, Jennifer S. Davis is the author of two previous collections of short stories: Her Kind of Want and Our Former Lives in Art. She has published prose in such journals as The American Scholar, One Story, The Paris Review, Tin House, Zoetrope: All Story, Oxford American, Epoch, The Georgia Review, and Fiction. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of English at LSU, where she serves as Director of the Creative Writing Program. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with her husband and four young sons.



10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 3
Bright Lights of Contemporary Literature
with Taylor Brown, Louis Edwards, Ladee Hubbard, Emily Nemens, M.O. Walsh, and moderator Jennifer S. Davis

2:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 1
A Sense of Place: Short Stories
with Jennifer S. Davis, Ladee Hubbard, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Andrew Siegrist, and moderator Tom Piazza

3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

We Were Angry: A Novella and Stories

Winner of the 2021 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

Jennifer S. Davis's linked collection, We Were Angry, introduces us to a group of friends in small-town Alabama whose lives are haunted by tragedies that reverberate across generations. In Davis's world, Alabama is more than a fictional setting. It's a scene for interrogating power, privilege, pain, and what it means to live in-and to leave-the American South. In lyrical, urgent prose shot through with dark humor, Davis offers glimpses of a land of contradictions: dollar stores and golf courses, dive bars and country clubs, and long-forgotten communities flooded to make way for mansions where missing women are rumored to be buried. Traversing these red dirt roads we find mothers and mourners, rebels and addicts, lovers, liars, prisoners, politicians, theme park enthusiasts, and collectors of rejected house pets-and we may be most surprised to find ourselves, "shocked . . . to see our own anguish staring, unblinking, back at us" like an uncanny face in the mirror we will not soon forget.


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