About David Oates author of Drunken Robins and The Deer’s Bandanna
David Oates is the host and producer of Wordland, a radio program of poetry, stories, and comedy, and the former host of Great Apes (comedy), both on WUGA, Athens Georgia’s public radio station. He ran the Athens Poetry Slam for six years and was editor and publisher of Monkey Magazine (slam poetry and satire, mostly). His previous books are Night of the Potato (fiction and poetry), Shifting with My Sandwich Hand, and Drunken Robins (the last two, haiku). He is a member of: The Haiku Society of America; The British Haiku Society; Word of Mouth Poetry, Athens GA; and Los Donderinos writing group. His stories and poems have been published in many magazines, newspapers and websites. Oates has performed amateur standup, sketch, and improv. comedy, and wrote for the comic strip Shoe in the ’80s. His degrees are in writing from The University of Chicago and the University of Illinois–Chicago. Former jobs include reporting, radio announcing, teaching, proofreading, and Burger-Chefing. He currently teaches creative writing with an emphasis on English-language haiku and related forms.