David Surface

david-surface-300x300David Surface is a published fiction writer, journalist, and arts educator. His stories and essays have been published in a wide range of literary journals including Doubletake, North American Review, Crazyhorse, Fiction, and many others. He is the recipient of 2005 Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and nominee for the NYFA Prize, was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize in fiction, and has been awarded multiple residencies at the MacDowell Colony for the Arts, Dorland Mountain Colony, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. As a teaching artist for Teachers and Writers Collaborative, David designs and leads writing residencies in New York City school classrooms, grades 2-12, and has conducted professional development seminars for teachers and administrators on integrating creative/narrative writing techniques and expository writing in accordance with Common Core standards. As writer-in-residence for Rockland Psychiatric Center, David designs and leads writing programs for adults living with with mental illness, substance abuse issues, and developmental disabilities in outpatient mental  health facilities throughout Westchester County, and leads initiatives to increase public awareness of the creative arts in the mental health community. As founder and director of the Veterans Writing Workshop (VWW), he established a network of free writing programs for US military veterans, active duty service members, and their families throughout the New York metropolitan area, providing veterans and their families with a safe and supportive place to tell their stories and,  through publishing veterans’ writing and organizing public readings and events, helping veterans and civilians connect through the written word.