In September 2018, Steve “Stevie D” Davis was given three months to dwell as a consequence of liver most cancers.
After the prognosis, the longtime Phoenix musician, painter, and now writer determined to go on residing his life with the identical constructive perspective he has been sharing with these round him him for many years. Virtually two years later, Davis nonetheless has stage four most cancers, however he is alive and kicking, and on Saturday, August 22, he’ll be doing a dwell Zoom studying to rejoice the discharge of his new guide, The Unexpectedly Lengthy Lifetime of Stevie D.
“The guide happened as a result of there gave the impression to be extra than simply [my] tales. I’d written a number of haiku. It was entertaining, , for my very own amusement, and there have been the work. I took a few of my favourite ones, together with some that I’ve offered already,” says Davis.
Davis is well-known among the many punk group in Phoenix for his work with notable bands Glass Heroes and US Bombs, although he at the moment fronts Stevie and the Sleaze. He additionally has a brand new CD popping out that could be a collaboration along with his buddy, valley musician Robert Shipp known as Dwell to Inform on Onus Information.
Whereas writing is not one thing that Davis has been pursuing professionally, it is one thing he is been engaged on, on and off, for about 15 years now, despite the fact that he didn’t precisely notice he was laying the inspiration for a guide.
The guide consists of simply over 20 autobiographical essays and musings that contact on tales of his often-misspent youth and maturity, in addition to haiku, longer-form poetry, and photographs of Davis’ graffiti-esque work which bear greater than a passing resemblance to the work of the late Jean-Michel Basquiat. (Happily, Davis had skilled images taken of his work earlier than he offered them, so he had photographs to make use of for The Unexpectedly Lengthy Lifetime of Stevie D lengthy earlier than he knew he’d write a guide.)
In brief, there’s a little one thing for everybody within the guide and Davis, who’s a pure storyteller, definitely appears proud to get his phrases and pictures on the market for everybody to see.
“[Writing] kind of was therapeutic for me as a flotation system. [It] gave me one thing to cling onto. I simply saved writing extra,” Davis says.
For Davis’ publishers at Tucson’s R&R Press, working with the musician was one thing of a no brainer.
Maggie Rawling Smith of R&R says, “Steve is likely one of the most relentlessly constructive and type folks I’ve ever met. No matter life experiences helped form him into that individual are value sharing. [R&R Press partner and writer] Brian [Jabas Smith] met Steve when he was 16. Later, he penned an article on hepatitis C and Steve’s struggle with the illness. Steve’s good perspective and fearless response to that terminal prognosis 20 years in the past will likely be examined in an essay he’s penning for our inaugural R&R Press Literary Journal, out February 2021.”
Davis says, “Brian and Maggie, they knew that I had written and simply hadn’t bought it out. They inspired me to do it.”
The musician has loved the method of placing out the guide, he says.
“For me, the individuals who have been coming ahead to assist make this work has been such a beautiful factor. Whether or not it’s contributing an image or writing one thing for me. Issues I by no means considered … Simply attempting to determine what image to make use of for the duvet or desirous about the format of the duvet itself. All the pieces has been enjoyable for me,” says Davis.
Steve Davis will learn from The Unexpectedly Lengthy Lifetime of Stevie D at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 22. You’ll be able to entry his Zoom studying here. The password for the Zoom assembly is 8Ekc0F. For extra data concerning the guide, click here.