Fran Davis

Manuscript Consultant

Frances Davis is a journalist, essayist, fiction writer, poet, and freelance editor. Early in her career she worked as an editor at Science Research Associates in Chicago, then moved to New York where she was as an editor at Teachers College Press, Columbia University. She holds an MA in psychology from Columbia.

 She writes a regular column for the Coastal View News and has been a columnist for the Carpinteria Herald, a feature writer for the Santa Barbara News-Press,and a contributor to the Independent,the Daily Sound and Carpinteria Magazine. Her true travel tales appear in the women’s travel books Mexico, A Love Story and Italy, A Love Story, published by Seal Press. 

Fran has written everything from corporate biographies and nonprofit newsletters to perfume ads and screenplays. Recently, she edited promos for “Sands of Silence,” a documentary on sex trafficking. She is proud to have edited Yi Jing: Image, Concept and Actionby Dr. Cristina Bertrand (published in Chinese and English in Hong Kong), and she is now finishing work on a second book by Bertrand, The Nonagram: Yi Jing Inner Transformation

Publications where her short stories, essays, and poems have appeared include the L.A. TimesPassagerCalyxThe Chattahoochee ReviewThe Vincent Brothers Review, Reed Magazine, Quercus Review, Reverb, Memoir (and), AskewThe Write RoomLuna Review, Popshot Magazine in Britain, and the Gunpowder Press anthologies Buzz, A Bird Black as the Sun, Rare Feathers and To Give Life a Shape. Her poetry has been featured several times in New Verse News, a literary e-zine of political writing. She is a winner of the Lamar York prize for nonfiction and a Pushcart Prize nominee. 

Advice to writers: If you have a room with a door, go there and close it. You need space, privacy and time to do creative work. It’s essential to form a writing habit, an established time at a desk or computer where you can expend the effort it takes to give life to your words.

Writers I have loved: John Steinbeck, J.R.R. Tolkein, Ray Bradbury, Ursula Le Guin, Barbara Kingsolver, Annie Dillard, Philip Roth, Robert Powers, Elena Ferrante, Anthony Doerr, Ruth Ozeki, Joan Didion, Terry Tempest Williams, Min Jin Lee, Gretel Ehrlich, Sue Miller, Rebecca Solnit, Lisa See, Luis Alberto Urrea, Jojo Moyes.