David Shumate

Creative Renewal Arts Fellow - In 1999, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with generous support from the Lilly Endowment, established the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program. Originally conceived as a renewal opportunity similar to an academic sabbatical, this groundbreaking initiative offers mid-career artists and arts administrators the opportunity to renew and refresh their creativity. In it's 9th round, the fellowship offers 30 artists and arts administrators $10,000 for an 18 month fellowship period.
David Shumate



Old Gas Stations

From a distance they looked holy.  A halo of insects swarming each light. An old man chewing tobacco would come to your car window and look you over.  Ask where you’d been.  Where you were headed.  Who you passed along the way.

He washed your windshield while the pump clicked off the gallons and you tapped your thumbs on the steering wheel.  A baseball game played on a radio.  A mechanic cursed from beneath a fat Cadillac.  And the smell of gasoline sanctified the…

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About My Work:

High Water Mark, 2004, University of Pittsburgh Press

The Floating Bridge,  2008, University of Pittsburgh Press

Kimonos in the Closet, 2013, University of Pittsburgh Press


Butler University MFA – Lecturer

Poet-in-Residence Emeritus – Marian University


Winner of 2003 Agnes Lynch Starrett prize for Poetry

Awarded Best Book of Indiana – Poetry Category – 2004

NEA Literary Fellowship, 2009

Creative Renewal Fellowship – Arts Council of Indianapolis




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