David Shumate holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Kansas University and a master of arts in English from Indiana University. He teaches a variety of composition, creative writing, and special topic literature courses and serves as Marian University’s poet-in-residence. Previously, he has held the positions of director of the Writing Center and director of the Honors Program. On alternating years he participates in Maymester study abroad courses in Greece and Italy focusing on classical, Renaissance, and modern literature and art.
Shumate is the author of High Water Mark (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004), winner of the 2003 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and the 2004 Best Books of Indiana, poetry category. His second collection of prose poems, The Floating Bridge, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in January, 2008. His poetry has appeared widely in literary journals and has been anthologized in Good Poems for Hard Times and The Best American Poetry 2007.