A former painter and filmmaker, Dave King is the author of the novel The Ha-Ha, which was named one of the best books of 2005 by The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Several foreign language editions are in print, and a film is currently in development from Pigeon Productions. King's poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, among other venues, his fiction in Fence, and his criticism in The Village Voice. An essay, "BOOM," recently appeared in Nuovi Argomenti, in a translation by the Italian poet Massimo Gezzi. King's interests center on art, language, and the imagination, with a special curiosity about work that reinvents form, crosses genres, or bridges apparently disparate modes of the creative process; he is interested in translation for related reasons. Among other awards, King is a Fellow in Literature of the American Academy in Rome.
Teaching and Research Interests
fiction and poetry; writing, rhetoric and translation; art and art history; film and film history; politics and queer issues.
B.F.A., The Cooper Union, 1980 M.F.A., Columbia University, 2000