Jeff Davis attended UNC-Greensboro’s MFA program in creative writing, got his Master’s Degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and apprenticed to a native carver of ceremonial masks and totem poles in Alert Bay, British Columbia, from 1971 to 1975. He later taught Anthropology and History at UNC-Asheville. His poems have appeared in Lillabulero, Iron, Asheville Poetry Review, the Nantahala Review, and other publications. His books include Transits of Venus (2005), and Natures: Selected Poems, 1972 – 2005 (2006). He is General Manager for MadHat, Inc., publisher of the MadHat Annual and MadHat Books, and a member of the advisory board of the Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center. He teaches in UNCA's Great Smokies Writing Program.