Advent Purple Press
P.O. Box 20004
New York, N.Y. 10001

Poetry Books by Davidson Garrett available on

King Lear of the Taxi

Southern Low Protestant Departure: A Funeral Poem

What Happened To The Man Who Taught Me Beowulf and Other Poems

To  Tell the Truth I Wanted to be Kitty Carlisle and Other Poems 

(published by Finishing Line Press available only at

Advent Purple Press

P.O. Box 20004, Greeley Square Station, New York, NY 10001-0001, US


Davidson Garrett is a poet, actor, and drove a New York City yellow taxi from 1978 until 2018 to supplement his writing and acting career.  He is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, and trained for the theater at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and at H.B. Studio with Alice Spivak.  He has worked in theater, film and television since 1973, and is a member of SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity.  As an actor he appeared in verse plays of Shakepeare, W.H. Auden, and T.S. Eliot. He worked for many years in television and film appearing on All My Children, The Guiding Light, Spin City, Oz, Law and Order, New York Undercover, As the World Turns, and on PBS in the award-winning documentary, Something Within Me.  Davidson also toured extensively in the United States and Europe. In 2016, his spoken word play, Conspiracy Theory: The Mysterious Death of Dorothy Kilgallen was performed for the Boog City Poet Theater.


Davidson Garrett is an award-winning poet whose poetry and prose have  been published in The New York Times, The Episcopal New Yorker, The Stillwater Review, First Literary Review East, The Paddock Review, Sensations Magazine, Xavier Review, 2 Bridges Review, Big City Lit, and in Podium: the literary journal of the 92nd Street Y.  As a spoken word  poet, he has read his poetry in New York City at The Cornelia Street Cafe, Joe's Pub, The Algonquin Hotel, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, CUNY Graduate School, John Jay College, Poets House, Dixon Place, The Sidewalk Cafe, Subculture, The Crosby Hotel, and WBAI Radio and on the Manhattan Cable Television Cuture Channel for the program Celebrating Art.


Davidson Garrett's poetry was a finalist for the 2000 Gival Chapbook Award and he was named 1st Place in the Juanita Torrence-Thompson International Poetry Competition in 2015 sponsored by Amulet Poetry Magazine. He has been featured in New York Magazine and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. Davidson has been a NYC yellow taxi driver for 40 years to help subsidize his artistic pursuits. His poetry has been anthologized in Beyond the Riff: Poets of the Pallisades published by The Poets Press, and From Somewhere To Nowhere: The End of the American Dream published by autonomedia, among others. 


Upcoming and Past Events with Davidson Garrett

Davidson Garrett is the curator for the 10th Annual Poets' Theater which is part of the Welcome To Boog City Arts Festival. Poets' Theater takes place on September 23, 7 PM, at The SideWalk Cafe, Avenue A & 6th Street, NYC.

Davidson Garrett will be reading in the PEN World Voices Festival

on May 11, 2019, with the PEN Worker Writers School

held at the Jerome L. Green Space, Manhattan. Also 

on the program will be the legendary poet, Sonia Sanchez.

Davidson Garrett will be reading in the Trinity Church Wall Street Poetry Festival on May  19, at 1:30 pm,

at St. Paul's Chapel, Fulton and Broadway. The event is free and open to the public.

Davidson Garrett will be reading in the spoken word play, "Ishtar Redux"

by poet John J. Trause on August 6, 2019

at Fox & Crow, Jersey City, New Jersey

7PM, Palisades Avenue and Congress St.

Check out Davidson Garrett's listing in Poets and Writers.

No upcoming events.

Videos of Davidson Garrett

Davidson Garrett reading for the PEN World Voices Festival's tribute for the 40th anniversary of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City.

In Memory of Kitty Carlisle Hart

Interview with Davidson Garrett by Ted Krasdale a.k.a. Matt Sky

Davidson Garrett reading for the PEN World Voices Festival at Joe's Pub, New York City, 2013

Davidson Garrett "The Taxi Cab Poet"