Profile: Peter Ho Davies
M.A., Boston 1993
Peter Ho Davies online:
An interview with Virginia Quarterly Review
Top 10 story collections as chosen for the Guardian Newspaper
Peter Ho Davies on the Workshop
My guiding approach in workshop is to try to first consider the aims of any story under discussion and then determine its strengths and weaknesses in light of those aims. I believe as writers we often learn as much from what we do well as what we do badly (and are often as unsure of both) so my classes focus on both problems and successes in the stories examined.
An Excerpt from Peter Ho Davies
from THE NEXT LIFE
The mourners were playing poker around the rosewood table the night before his father's funeral, and Lim was winning.
They had begun the game to help themselves stay awake during the vigil. Pang had produced the new deck from a pocket of his white mourning suit and asked Lim's permission earlier in the evening. "It'll amuse the ghost," he said, indicating the casket. "Being able to see all our cards."
Now it was almost dawn and Lim had been winning for an hour or more. It was uncomfortable. Where before they had talked softly among themselves now they played in silence. Lim wished he could get up and leave, but it seemed improper to end the game ahead. Every time he told himself to fold he would look at his cards and find a pair of aces, a wild card, four cards to a flush, something too good to turn down. He bet heavily on mediocre hands, hoping to have his bluff called, but the others were afraid of his good fortune now. When one of them did stay in, Lim made a hand with his last card and still took the pot.He fanned his cards to study them and thought of the coffin over his shoulder.
Creative Writing (fiction), Contemporary British and American fiction, History of the Short Story
Creative non-fiction, Film, Theory and Practice of Teaching Creative Writing