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About John R O Gery

John Gery is an American poet, critic, collaborative translator, and editor. He has published six volumes of poetry: Charlemagne: A Song of Gestures (1983, winner of the Plumbers Ink Poetry Award), The Enemies of Leisure (1995, named a “Best Book of 1995” by Publisher’s Weekly and Winner of a Critic’s Choice Award from San Francisco Review of Books), American Ghost: Selected Poems (tr. into Serbian by Biljana Obradović, 1999, winner of a European Award from the Circle Franz Kafka, Prague), Davenport’s Version (2003), A Gallery of Ghosts (2008), and Lure/Mamac (tr. into Serbian by Svetlana Nedeljkov, 2012). A new collection, Have at You Now!, is forthcoming from CW Books in 2014. His poetry has appeared in Gulf Coast Review, The Iowa Review, New Orleans Review, New South, Paris Review, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, Southwest Review, West Branch, and elsewhere, as well as in Canada and Europe. He has been translated into seven languages.
Gery is also the author of Nuclear Annihilation and Contemporary American Poetry: Ways of
Nothingness (1996) and has published criticism on a wide range of poets, including Ashbery, Baraka,
Brooks, Marilyn Chin, Donald Davie, Pound, Rich, Lorenzo Thomas and others in African American
Review, Belgrade BELLS, Callaloo, Contemporary Literature, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory,
Paideuma, South Central Review, and elsewhere.
As a translator, he has collaborated on translations of poetry and prose from Serbian, Italian, Armenian, Chinese, and French. With Vahe Baladouni, he co-translated For the House of Torkom (1999), prose poems of Armenian poet Hmayyag Shems, and wrote the biography, Hmayeak Shems: A Poet of Pure Spirit (2010). With Rosella Mamoli Zorzi and others, he wrote the guidebook, In Venice and in the Veneto with Ezra Pound (2007). Gery has also worked as a co-editor of both criticism and poetry. With William Pratt, he edited Ezra Pound, Ends and Beginnings: Essays and Poems (2011) and with Daniel Kempton and H.R. Stoneback, he edited Imagism: Essays on Its Initiation, Impact, and Influence (2013). Also, he is co-editor with Caterina Ricciardi and Massimo Bacigalupo of The Poets of the Sala Capizucchi (2011), an Italian-English anthology of poetry, and with Richard Parker, he co-edited In Place of Love and Country: Poems in the Pound Tradition (2013).
For his work, he has received an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship (1992), a Fulbright Fellowship
(Serbia, 2007), a Research Fellowship from the University of Minnesota (2006), Artist Fellowships
from the Louisiana Division of the Arts (2002, 2012) and Bucknell University (three times), and
lectureships at Centro Studi Americani (Rome, 2007) and Beijing Institute of Technology (2012),
among other awards.
A Research Professor of English at the University of New Orleans, Gery is founding Director of the
Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Brunnenburg, Italy. He currently serves as Secretary of the Ezra Pound International Conference and Series Editor of The EPCL Book Series at UNO Press. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, poet Biljana Obradović, and their son, Petar.


Present Director, Ezra Pound Center for Literature, University of New Orleans
Present Research Professor of English and Creative Writing, University of New Orleans
Present Seraphia D. Leyda Teaching Fellow, University of New Orleans

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