Evan A. Starling-Davis ’17
New York-based afrosurrealist Evan is a literary artist, playwright, and curator upholding a conscious responsibility to create content which speaks truth to his experiences as a coming-of-age, Afro-queer, Black poet. After studying under the guidance of Purchase’s writing program, he spent the following years investigating storytelling within multidisciplinary art as it relates to socio-political discourse; maneuvering avenues that transform and translate his insomniac imagination into vibrant storytelling.
Currently, Evan is a doctoral student of Literacy Education at Syracuse University where he was previously recognized as the inaugural Writing Our Lives Fellow via the Department of Reading and Language Arts; devising and facilitating literary art programming for underrepresented voices within communities of the Rust Belt region. Evan’s passions heavily reside in developing creative environments that inform reading and writing practices. His literary, visual, and staged work has exhibited in an array of galleries, theaters, and warehouse shows internationally. He’s a 2018 INKTANK Fellow via Rising Circle Theater Collective, a 2018 recipient of the CNYArts individual artist commission, a 2018 Light Work honorable mention, a Van Lier New Voices finalist via The Lark Theater, and 2019 Saint-Paul de Vence James Baldwin Writer-in-Residence recipient.