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David Chia
Site #16
12 Fairfield Street

Essays & short stories: Saturday 4 pm, Sunday 2:30 pm

David Chia is a board member of the West Medford Open Studios (WMOS). Among his responsibilities for WMOS is promoting and organizing the readings by poets, essayists, and novelists.  Since 2001, he has also read his own work at WMOS.

David has taken a number of classes in fiction and creative writing at the Cambridge Center of Adult Education and the Arlington Center for the Arts.  Together with several other students from one of these classes, he co-founded the Prescott Street Writers’ Group.  From 1991 to 2000, group members shared their poetry and fiction on a regular basis. David is currently a member of the writers’ group of the Medford Public Library.  His work has been published in several editions of the Doc Kountze Annual. David has also received writing grants from the Medford Arts Council in 2002 and 2004.

During the day, David is a Senior Consultant for the transportation group of Planners Collaborative, Inc. in Boston, MA.  His specialty field is transportation for the elderly and disabled. He has authored over a dozen reports that have been published by the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Transportation Research Board.  He served as editor for FTA's newsletter on rail safety.  David has a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University and a S.M. in Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He was a reporter and senior editor for the Yale Daily News and an opinion writer for The Tech, MIT's student newspaper.


"Write what you know." I try to do that. I am interested in the details of everyday life of ordinary and not so ordinary people. The big decisions and actions in life arise from an accumulation of seemingly small deeds and casual observations and conversations.


Readings: (PDF)