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David is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University. He has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. A finalist for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the international Griffin Prize, he is the author of a biography of Little Richard, a textbook on poetry writing, two children’s books (both co-authored with Allen Woodman) and dozens of other books. His latest collection is Get Up, Please (Louisiana State University Press, 2016).