photo by Tara Spies Smith

photo by Tara Spies Smith

Steven L. Davis is a PEN USA award-winning author of four books and the editor of two more. His new book, co-written with Bill Minutaglio, is THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon & the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD, scheduled for release in 2017.

He is the current President of the Texas Institute of Letters, founded in 1936 with an elected membership consisting of the state’s most respected writers. He is considered "one of Texas' leading scholars of its indigenous culture" and his writing has been described as "lively," "groundbreaking," and "illuminating."

His previous books include Dallas 1963, co-written with Bill Minutaglio and winner of the PEN USA Award for Research Nonfiction. He is also the author of the acclaimed books, J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind and Texas Literary Outlaws: Six Writers in the Sixties and Beyond.

He is a longtime curator at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos, which holds the literary papers of many major authors. He has developed and curated over 30 exhibitions at the Wittliff. He has been a Series Editor for the University of Texas Press and helped develop several books for publication. He is the editor of Land of the Permanent Wave: An Edwin "Bud" Shrake Reader and co-editor of Lone Star Sleuths: Mystery-Detective Fiction in Texas.

Davis is a public speaker and has given talks across Texas and the country. His published articles and reviews have appeared in Slate, the New Republic, the Daily Beast, Texas Observer, Southwestern American Literature, Texas Books in Review, and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly.

He is married to the artist and historian Georgia Ruiz Davis and lives with his family in the Texas Hill Country.