Scott C. Davis was born in 1948 in Seattle, graduated from Stanford in 1970, and lived with his wife, Mary, in Seattle. He served as the US correspondent for Damascus-based Ad - Domari magazine - the first independent publication in Syria since 1963. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Exquisite Corpse, and other publications. Davis’s first book, The World of Patience Gromes: Making and Unmaking a Black Community, won the Washington State Book Award. His second book, Lost Arrow and Other True Stories, won the KCAC Literary Award. Davis has edited and produced a distinctive collection of essays by 75 new writers. An Ear to the Ground: Presenting Writers from 2 Coasts was endorsed by Horton. He received a King County Arts Commission grant for his work-in progress: A cycle of carpentry tales. In 2003 Davis published The Road from Damascus: A Journey Through Syria. This is the first travelogue on Syria by an American in over a century and is based on Davis's travels in Syria since 1987.
In the 1960s ago Tom Wolfe and John McPhee ushered in the era of New Journalism with reportage that had the color and drama of fiction. In Lost Arrow, a younger writer builds on their achievements and pushes the genre in a new direction. Rather than examining his subjects from the outside, Scott C. Davis reports from within.
This work of narrative nonfiction traces Patience Gromes, an African-American woman whose grandfather escaped from slavery, and others of her generation in the century from the Civil War to the War on Poverty.