Michael Davidson was born in Oakland, California in 1944, and has served as Distinguished Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego, since 1988. He has written eight books of poetry, including: Analogy of the Ion (1988), Post Hoc (1990), and The Arcades (1999).
Davidson has also contributed criticism to the fields of disabilities studies and gender studies. His work, Concerto for the Left Hand (2008), explores impacts of disability through various artistic mediums, from literature to visual art and photography.
He is the editor of George Oppen, New Collected Poems, published in 2002 by New Directions.