David Steiling was born in Rapid City, South Dakota in 1949. He was raised in Wyoming, went to high school in Idaho and received his B.A. in English from Carleton College in 1971. He graduated from Boston University in 1974 with an M.A. in Creative Writing and English. In 2006 he received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of South Florida, presenting a dissertation entitled Icon, Representation and Virtuality in Reading the Graphic Narrative. (Click here to download a pdf of the dissertation).
Steiling apprenticed in the Minnesota Poets-in-the-Schools Program and from 1972 to 1977 he was a Poet-in-Residence with several school districts in Massachusetts including the school districts of Pittsfield and North Adams. From 1977 to 1979 he was a Poet-in-the Libraries for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. From 1979 to 1984 he became based in Sarasota and worked as a New Vaudevillian practicing the arts of clowning, juggling, and conjuring. From 1984 to 1988 he was employed as a journalist and editor on several newspapers and magazines in the Sarasota area. He began teaching part-time at MCC in 1986 and at The Ringling College of Art in 1988. He became the full-time coordinator of the programs in Writing Studio and Literature at Ringling in 1990. Since that time he has been particularly instrumental in developing curricula in the area of word and image studies including curricula in the study of comics and the graphic narrative. He has a background in performance art and electronic music working under the name Dr. Zog.
The elements for the graphic design and the animations for this site were cropped from the following vintage record albums: