Rob Davidson was born in Duluth, Minnesota, and was educated at Beloit College and Purdue University. He is the author of Spectators: Flash Fictions (Five Oaks Press, 2017), The Farther Shore: Stories (Bear Star, 2012), The Master and the Dean: The Literary Criticism of Henry James and William Dean Howells (University of Missouri Press, 2005), and  Field Observations: Stories (University of Missouri Press, 2001).

Since 2011, Rob has hosted the bi-weekly music program “Sunday Papers” on KZFR 90.1 FM in Chico, California (every other Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Pacific time). You can listen online anytime at

Davidson’s honors include a Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholars Award to lecture in Taiwan, 2015-2016; winning the 2009 Camber Press Fiction Award, judged by Ron Carlson; a 1997 AWP Intro Journals Project Award; multiple Pushcart Prize nominations; and having twice been selected Artist-in-Residence at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, New York. His fiction, essays and interviews have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, The Normal School, New Delta Review, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing and American literature at California State University, Chico.