Dr. James Davis May

Director of Creative Writing

Assistant Professor


James Davis MayDr. James Davis May joined the Mercer University faculty as Writer-in-Residence in 2019. He is the author of the poetry collection Unquiet Things (LSU Press), which was selected as a finalist for the Poets’ Prize. His poems have appeared in The New England Review, The New Republic, The Southern Review, The Sun, and other journals. Prior to teaching at Mercer, Dr. May was an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Young Harris College.


  • Ph.D., Georgia State University
  • M.F.A., University of Houston
  • B.A., Allegheny College


Creative writing

Professional Interests

Dr. May’s teaching interests include creative writing; Polish poetry; and American poetry, particularly the work of Robert Frost.

Contact Dr. James Davis May

(478) 301-5642
Office: Groover Hall 214