Davidson Garrett will read his poetry at the Rainbow Book Fair on April 29, at 1 PM in the Poetry Salon at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, West 59 and Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan.
Davidson Garrett will be a featured poet at the art exhibition: "Kindred Spirits," on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 7 PM. The
reading will be at 292 Gallery located at 292 East 3rd Street between Avenue C and D in Manhattan's East Village.
Davidson Garrett has a new chapbook titled: "What Happened to The Man Who Taught Me Beowulf? and Other Poems," published by Advent Purple Press, April 2017. The book is available for purchase on amazon. Click the link to read about the new chapbook.
Davidson Garrett was a featured poet at the Jefferson Market Library on April 9, with the poets of the Palisades reading from the anthology, "Meta-Land," published by The Poets Press.
Davidson Garrett will be featured in a tribute to Leonard Cohen: "You Know Who I Am," conceived and realized by the poet, Joel Allegretti on December 19, 2016, 6 PM. Also in the tribute is the performance artist/actor, Lulu Lolo, and poet/acto, David Lawton. The performance will be at The Cornelia Street Cafe at 29 Cornelia Street in Greenwich Village. $10 includes a free drink,
Davidson Garrett will be featured with the Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Poets on December 7, in Rutherford, New Jersey at
the Williams Center for the Arts. He will read Southern Low Protestant Departure: A Funeral Poem, published by Advent Purple Press.
Davidson Garrett was the curator for the 2016 Welcome To Boog City Poet Theater at New York's Sidewalk Cafe.
Davidson Garrett has been invited by the Flushing Town Council of Queens New York to give a poetry reading for the Cultural Program that will launch LGBTQ Pride Week in Queens. The reading takes place on June 4, 2016, at 5 PM in Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Queens.
Davidson Garrett was featured in the 2016 PEN World Voices Festival at Dixon Place in New York City with the PEN Worker/Writers School.
On August 22, 2015, Davidson Garrett read poetry on Radio Free Eirann on WBAI Radio with members of the PEN Worker/Writers Institute.
Davidson Garrett performed in the 2015 Boog City Poet Theater Night for the Boog City Arts Festival in the East Village. He performed "Nine Meditations on the Nothingness of Now: A Poetic Monologue with Music." The Festival was August 9, 2015 at the Sidewalk Cafe in the East Village. He collaborated with the musician, Michael Skliar.
Davidson Garrett was the featured poet for Great Weather For Media's Reading Series at the Parkside Lounge on Manhattan's Lower East Side, June 2015.
2015: Davidson Garrett read his taxi driver poetry for the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival in May 2015 at the Crosby Street Hotel in Soho, New York City.
In March 2015, Davidson Garrett published a new chapbook with Advent Purple Press. The chapbook is titled: "Southern Low Protestant Departure: A Funeral Poem." The chapbook is available on amazon.com
Davidson Garrett was invited to read his taxi driver poems for the Digital Labor Conference at The New School on November 16, 2014.
This was a part of the PEN Worker/Writers Workshops led by the poet Mark Nowak.
Davidson Garrett was featured with Caterina Belvedere at the North Jersey Literary Series on August 23, 2014 in Teaneck, New Jersey.
In June, 2014, Davidson Garrett was the 1st Place Winner in the 2nd Annual Juanita Torrence-Thompson International Poetry Award sponsored by Amulet Poetry Magazine.
Davidson Garrett will be featured at The Green Pavilion Poetry Event in Brooklyn on Wednesday, June 25, at 7 PM. He will be one of the featured poets along with Amy Barone and Roxanne Hoffman. The series is hosted by Evie Ivy and there is also an open mic.
Davidson Garrett has been invited to be a part of the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe that is being
presented as part of the PEN World Voices Festival on May 1st, 2014 at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Info at the website of the
PEN Wold Voices Festival 2014
Davidson Garrett was invited to read his poetry for the 2014 Rainbow Book Fair Poetry Salon in Midtown Manhattan on March 29.
Davidson Garrett will be part of a program featuring 7 poets recently published by Finishing Line Press. The reading will take place on Monday, September 23, 7 PM., at the Caffe Reggio in Greenwich Village, New York City. The address is 119 MacDougal Street.
Davidson Garrett will launch his new chapbook, To Tell The Truth I Wanted To Be Kitty Carlisle and Other Poems on Thursday May 23, at 3PM in the World Monuments Fund Gallery at the Prince George. The address is 15 East 27th St. in Manhattan. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.
Davidson Garrett was part of the 2013 PEN World Voices Festival on May 4th at Joe's Pub. He was
part of the Taxi Driver Writers Workshop sponsored by PEN.
Davidson Garrett will be a featured poet at the 2013 Rainbow Bookfair for the Poetry Salon
in New York City.
To Tell The Truth I Wanted To Be Kitty Carlisle and Other Poems, Davidson Garrett's new
chapbook, was published by Finishing Line Press in April 2013
Davidson Garrett performed his monologue "King Lear of the Taxi" for the Red Harlem Readers in November 2012,
and for the North Jersey Literary Series in December 2012.
Davison Garrett was featured by the Greek American Writers' Association in October, 2012, at the Cornelia
Street Cafe in Greenwich Village.
Garrett will be performing "King Lear of the Taxi: A Poetic Monologue" as part of the Poet Theater
Play Festival on August 5, 2012, in the East Village.
Davidson Garrett will be a featured poet for the Phoenix Reading Series on July 22, 2012 in Greenwich Village.
In 2011, Davidson Garrett was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the publisher, Poets Wear Prada.
Davidson Garrett will be a part of the readings by The Red Wheelbarrow Poets at the Williams Center for the Arts on September 7, 2011, in Rutherford, New Jersey. 7P.M. His poem, "Nine Meditations on the Nothingness of Now," is being published in the 4th Anthology by the William Carlos Williams Poetry Collective of Rutherford. The anthology, The Red Wheelbarrow, Volume 4, is available for purchase at Lulu.com.
Davidson Garrett will be a featured poet as part of the Student Readings at the 92nd Street Y on May 11th, at 7 PM. He will represent
Molly Peacock's seminar: The Art of the Villanelle. The reading is in the Warburg Lounge of the 92nd Street Y,
at East 92nd St. and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. The event is free.
Davidson Garrett will be a featured poet for the Poetry Salon of the Rainbow Book Fair, on March 26, 2011. For info
go to the site: www.rainbowbookfair.org
Davidson Garrett has a new short story titled: "Night Odyssey of a New York City Actor/Taxi Driver." It was published in the Fall 2010 issue of the literary arts magazine, Third Wednesday. To purchase copies of the issue, check out the website of the magazine: www.thirdwednesday.org.
Davidson Garrett has two poems published in a new anthology, "Beyond the Rift," for the North Jersey Literary Series.
The anthology is available at the website of The Poets Press. www.poetspress.org
Davidson Garrett will be featured at Poet's House, Saturday, November 20th, 2010, along with other poets in Sensations Magazine Issue No. 48. The reading will take place at 4 PM. More info at www.sensationsmag.com
Davidson Garrett will be a featured poet, along with Susanna Rich, for the Brownstone Poets in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn,
on November 16th, 7 PM. Tillies of Brooklyn, 248 DeKalb Avenue. (corner of Vanderbilt and Dekalb.)
Davidson Garrett was a featured poet with the Greek-American Writers' Association, on September 18, 2010, at The Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village.
Davidson Garrett will be a featured poet, along with Caterina Belvedere, at the William Carlos Williams Poetry monthy reading in Rutherford New Jersey, on Wednesday August 4th at 7 PM. Click link for more info:
Davidson Garrett will read a poem for PHANfest, on June 13, 2010, in Secacus, New Jersey. For information about
this event, check out the website of Sensations Magazine: www.sensationsmag.com
On May 8, the North Jersey Literary Series will debut its new anthology: "Beyond the Riff." Davidson Garrett has 2 poems that will be published in this anthology.
Davidson Garrett will be featured along with Lulu Lolo and Jane Titus in a performance of Joel Allegretti's tribute to the singer/songwriter, Leonard Cohen: "You Know Who I Am." The performance will be on May 13, 2010, 6PM, at
The Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village. $7 admission, includes one drink. For info: www.corneliastreetcafe.com
Davidson Garrett has been invited to be a part of The Poets Salon at the Rainbow Bookfair on Saturday, March 27, 2010. He will be reading at 1:30 PM. The Bookfair will be held at The CUNY Graduate School at 34th St. and 5th Ave. (across the street from The Empire State Building. For information on the bookfair: www.rainbowbookfair.org.
The reading and all events are free.
Davidson Garrett was featured at Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village on Saturday, March 13, 2010. The poet Joel Allegretti was also featured for the Smalls Lit Series.
Davidson Garrett was featured reading the poetry of W.B. Yeats in Newton, New Jersey, along with several poets from Sensations Magazine on January 9, 2010.
Davidson Garrett's poem, "The Crucifix," was published in the December, 2009 issue of The Episcopal New Yorker.
Davidson Garrett was the featured poet for the North Jersey Literary Series in Teaneck, New Jersey on October 24, 2009.
Davidson Garrett was invited to read three poems of William Carlos Williams at the WCW Symposium in Rutherford, New Jersey on Saturday, October 3, 2009.
Davidson Garrett will be featured with the singer David Giardina in an evening of original poetry and classic American Popular Songs from Tin Pan Alley. Mark Janas, who plays the piano for The Algonquin Salon will accompany David Giardina. The free reading/concert takes place on August, 25, 2009. It will be held in The World Monuments Fund Gallery at The Prince George. 15 East 27th Street, Manhattan, New York City. Free! Reception afterward!
Davidson Garrett will be featured in the show: You Know Who I Am: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen, conceived and directed by the poet Joel Allegretti. The performance will be on Monday, August 17, 2009, at the Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenich Village. Time is 6 P.M. $7 cover charge, includes 1 free drink
Davidson Garrett will be reading new poems and poems from Sensations Magazine at the Ft. Lee, New Jersey Library on Saturday, April 18, 2009. 3-5 P.M. For information go to sensationsmag.com.
On Sunday, December 7, 2008, Davidson Garrett will perform excerpts from Shakespeare's "King Lear" on a program sponsored by the literary journal, Sensations Magazine. The program will be at the Robinson Plantation located in Clark, New Jersey. The Robinson Plantation is a 17th Century house and will be holding a Holiday Celebration from noon to 4. Davidson is scheduled around noon. For more information, check the website of Sensations Magazine, sensationsmag.com.
Davidson Garrett will perform excerpts from Shakespeare's "King Lear" on Sunday September 7, 2008, in Lafayette New Jersey on a program organized by Sensations Magazine. Check out sensationsmag.com for details.
"Taxi Driver--King Lear of the Taxi" will be screened at The Portobello Film Festival in London on September 2, 2008. Check details at the Portobello Film Festival website.
Recent Press Article about the film: Taxi Driver
based on texts from King Lear of the Taxi
by Flashgun Films
A Much Gentler TAXI DRIVER
Thursday March 20 6:36 PM ET
By FilmStew Staff,
Though New York cabbie Davidson Garrett has no kingdom to divide among three daughters, he still finds himself wandering the streets like a dethroned King Lear.
Enterprising readers may already know about Davidson Garrett's 2006 52-page paperback book King Lear of the Taxi: Musings of a New York City Actor / Taxi Driver. Among the author's prose and poetry recollections are a pair involving separate celebrity fares Lauren Bacall and the late Mother Teresa. Now comes Taxi Driver: King Lear of the Taxi, a documentary from Flashgun Films UK. Set to premiere at the inaugural edition of International Film Festival England (June 10th – 13th) in Tamworth, the film is even more of a hybrid than the source book. While Garrett provides the voiceover, the black and white footage was actually shot entirely in UK's Stoke-on-Trent and contextually also references the fact that there has recently been a great increase in the number of violent incidents against cabbies in the west Midlands region. As far as how Garret managed to align himself with one of the Bard's most famous protagonists, well, it's a stretch
As I drive my yellow taxi past the public theater on Lafayette Street, I often think to myself, 'I'm lost, like a queer Lear in Shakespeare's masterpiece," the grey bearded hopeful intones in the trailer for the doc. "A dethroned king searching for my elusive theatrical kingdom."
Flashgun Films of Great Britain has released a short film: "Taxi Driver" based on texts from King Lear of the Taxi. Davidson Garrett does the voice-over for the film. To view the film, click the link below.
Davidson Garrett was a featured poet presented by The Greek-American Writers' Association's monthly reading on February 16th at The Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village.
On January 28, 2008, Davidson Garrett traveled to Laffayette, New Jersey and participated in a reading for the 20th Anniversary of the literary journal, Sensations Magazine.
Davidson Garrett was awarded an Honorable Mention by The Beat Museum in San Francisco for his poem: "Death In Harlem Hospital With Straussian Overtones: 1986." The award was given for the December 2007 Poet of the Month Contest. The poem was published on www.thebeatmuseum.org.
Read Davidson Garrett's article: "The Poet's Decision: Aesthetic Choices in Writing" in the Fall 2007
Issue of the online literary journal: Big City Lit. Go to: www.bigcitylit.com. Scroll down to the articles
Davidson Garrett is featured on Youtube.com. Go to Youtube.com and put his name into: Search.
King Lear of the Taxi was included in the 2007 Showcase
at Poets House located in SOHO in New York City.
For more information on Poets House, click this link:
Davidson Garrett was a featured poet for PLGArts
in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, on April 25th 2007.
For informationconcerning PLG Arts, check website: PLGarts.org.
Davidson Garrett was invited by the Queenborough Public Library
to give a series of readings from King Lear of the Taxi.
He read selections from the book in Bayside and Middle Village Queens in February and April 2007.
Listen to Davidson Garrett being interviewed
by Ken Millstone for Columbia University Radio News.
Click to listen
Listen to Davidson Garrett reading selections from King Lear of theTaxi
from the benefit for the New York Taxi Workers Alliance
held at Rocky Sullivans in Manhattan on August 19 2006.
Listen on www.nysoundposse.com. Click the button under Events
at the right of the page under archives August 2006. Then click
on Save our Yellow Cabbies on August 19th. Davidson reads
in the first 20 minutes of the show after a 4 minute introduction.
King Lear of the Taxi had its first public reading on July 13, 2006
at The World Monuments Fund Gallery in Midtown Manhattan.
Davidson Garrett traveled to Red Hook in Brooklyn on November
30, 2006, where, he was a featured reader of King Lear of the Taxi
at Freebird Books. Also featured was the singer Mickey Ehrlich.
On July 28, 2006, Davidson Garrett was the featured poet
at The Cafe Local in Engelwood, New Jersey.
Davidson Garrett has published several poems
in Sensations Magazine. Visit the website: sensationsmag.com
Newspaper Article about King Lear of the Taxi
Times Ledger Newspapers Queens, New York City
Boro Libraries Host Readings of City Taxi Driver's Poems
By Jennifer Saavedra
When Davidson Garrett was young, he would run into his high school library in Louisiana seeking protection from the lunch-time bullies. His interests in the arts were strange and different in the eyes of his classmates, so they hit him to knock the strangeness out of him.
All grown-up and out of Louisiana, Garrett enters the Bay Terrace Library on Feb. 2 not as a place of refuge, but as a place where his artistic talents are embraced and recognized. He has been invited to recite a selection of poems from his book, "King Lear of the Taxi: Musings of a New York City Taxi Driver/Actor."
He begins with the poem, "Blasted Out of Dixie," about his departure from his home city of Shreveport, La. The last stanza reads: "Rain, snow, hail, ice/ a tempest only befits my Southern goodbye-/ as I escape the darkness of hate."
"As a closeted gay child it was very traumatic for me because I always had inward terror," says Garrett, now in his 50s.
To eliminate the fear of being an outsider, Garrett pursued drama.
"It was the only way I could relate to others. It was my way of feeling that I existed," he says.
The acceptance he felt on stage ignited his ambition to pursue acting seriously.
At 20, Garrett moved to New York City and enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Yet, as he explains to the 17 attentive heads in the audience, "you feel before you get to New York like you are the only person in the world that has this dream, and New York is a rude awakening, you are not quite as unique as you thought." This sentiment is confirmed in his poem, "Welcome to New York": "Ya'think you're so unique, Buster?/ Get a grip on your ass!/ don't quit your day job Honey-Lamb/ Go out and buy some bulldozer balls!"
But at first it was difficult for Garrett to get that bulldozer confidence. Not only was he shaken after realizing there were countless other aspiring actors, but his studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts further discouraged him from his dream. His poem, "Dramatic Arts," describes the major conclusion he derived from the school: "Find cheap rents and easy day-jobs!"
His easy day-job became driving a taxi for a living.
He has been a taxi driver for 27 years now and leases his taxi from Queens Midtown garage in Long Island City. Garrett explains that driving a cab has given him the freedom to go on auditions and opportunity "to study humanity from my rearview mirror." Yet, the hours spent behind the wheel can be very depressing and incarcerating. Such contrasting perspectives are evident throughout his book, where he refers to his taxi as a "yellow chariot," "yellow zephyr" and "yellow jail."
He expresses equally mixed feelings of his experiences as an actor. Most of his poems sway from optimism to pessimism, with the traffic red light signifying an opportunity to enter a fantasy world of discovery, only to quickly switch back to the traffic green light, when he is brought back to the reality of an undiscovered actor. The last four lines of his poem, "Taxi Driver," published in the Metropolitan Diary of the New York Times, read: "soon to be locked behind the wheel/ for hours, while the brain plays games/ with bold dreams that disappear/ when the red light blinks back to green."
Disillusioned and disheartened, Garrett says he was about to stray away from his artistic path until one day when he drove to Connecticut and saw a production of "King Lear" starring classical actor Morris Carnovsky. He describes this as the single most important moment in his life, a moment which rekindled his love for acting and inspired the title of his book.
"Carnovsky's raw emotion and commitment to the language was so strong that I cried as I left the theater," Garrett says.
Since then, half of Garrett's book was a finalist in the 2000 Gival Press Chapbook competition, and his poetry has been featured in the New York Times, Xavier Review (New Orleans), Sensations Magazine, The Unknown Writer and the Wild Angels Poets and Writers Anthology from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. His poems cover a range of his experiences, including his encounters with the famous, most notably Mother Theresa and actress Lauren Bacall. His book can purchased from amazon.com or his Web site adventurepress.com. Passengers can purchase his book while riding his taxi.
After Garrett's reading, 47-year-old writer and Bayside resident Neala Borvina says, "He left a good impression on me. I am taking the book home."
"I really felt that taxi drivers are not just drivers, they see, experience, and are many different things," says Abraham Montz, 83-year-old retired salesman and Bayside resident.
Garrett's next reading will be held on April 2 at the Middle Village Library.
Garrett says years of experience and psychoanalysis have led him to conclude, as stated in the first three words of his preface, "You are enough."
©Times Ledger 2007