David Denny is a writer, teacher, and editor. He is the author of three poetry collections: Man Overboard, Fool in the Attic, and Plebeian on the Front Porch. His poems and short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including The Sun, Rattle, Atlanta Review, Stone Voices, and Pearl. Honors and awards include a 2013 Artist Laureate Award from the Silicon Valley Arts Council, Poet Laureate Emeritus of Cupertino, California, and numerous Pushcart Prize nominations. He is former editor-in-chief of Bottomfish magazine.
What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?
It was a great honor to be included among such an accomplished team of Silicon Valley artists. For me, the 2013 Laureateship was a source of encouragement and inspiration. The public recognition was also a fun and gratifying part of the award.
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
I have expanded the thematic and formal boundaries of my writing, publishing two new poetry collections since winning the award. I've also now completed a collection of short stories. I am still teaching, leading workshops, and giving public readings in the Silicon Valley and beyond.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
Cultivate an holistic sense of yourself - body, mind, and spirit - and strive for equilibrium, stability, humility, and courage.
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
Vibrant, eclectic, diverse.