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Cortney Davis



Cortney Davis

M.A., N.P

Cortney Davis

Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Center
Danbury Hospital
Danbury, Connecticut


Cortney Davis is a nurse practitioner in Connecticut. She is the author of I Knew a Woman: The Experience of the Female Body (Random House, 2001) and The Body Flute (Adastra Press), and  co-edited Between the Heartbeats: Poetry and Prose by Nurses (University of Iowa Press). She lectures and conducts writing workshops for health care professionals nationally. Her writing has received numerous awards, including an NEA writing fellowship.


Intensive Care: More Poetry & Prose by Nurses

A companion volume to the acclaimed anthology, Between the Heartbeats, Intensive Care: More Poetry and Prose by Nurses continues the tradition:  poetry, short stories, and essays by registered nurses, glimpses into the lives of patients and caregivers that will move and astonish readers. May 2003

Intensive Care received the 2003 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award

I Knew a Woman: The Experience of the Female Body

I Knew a Woman is a compelling and unusual book. Sometimes it's like a novel, with Davis unraveling the stories of four women (composites of actual patients) whom she sees at a clinic. At other times, it's Davis's own health memoir, including the invasive and inappropriately sexual exams her first doctor performed when she was a teenager, and details of her breast biopsy. August 2001

I Knew a Woman received the Connecticut Center for the Book’s award for best non-fiction 2002.

Details of Flesh

In Details of Flesh, poet Cortney Davis conducts a frank exploration of care giving in its many guises—a nurse tending to her patients, a woman relating to parents, children, lovers. July 1997 

Between the Heartbeats: Poetry & Prose by Nurses

Poetry and Prose by Nurses is the first international anthology of creative writing by registered nurses.  Published in 1995 by the University of Iowa Press and on the press’ best seller list ever since, Heartbeats contains work from 49 nurses around the globe.

Body Flute

This small chapbook of poems was hand set, hand printed, and hand sewn by Gary Metras's Adastra Press in Massachusetts. Beautifully created, it contains beautiful poems as well, poems that nurse practitioner and poet Cortney Davis writes about her work with the human body, patients' suffering and recovery. Powerfully written, as are all her works, and contained within the perfect letterpress vehicle. A collector's item. December 1994.


Online Resources

Mothers Who Write: Cortney Davis - In this candid interview Cortney Davis, award-winning poet and author of I Knew a Woman: The Experience of the Female Body (Random House), talks with Cheryl Dellasega about her careers as a successful nurse practitioner and a writer, and how motherhood has affected her life as a writer.


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