Peter O'Leary

Creative Writing

Peter O'Leary graduated from the College and the Divinity School and is a Lecturer with the Committee on Creative Writing. He has published four books of poetry, Phosphorescence of Thought (Cultural Society, 2013), Luminous Epinoia (Cultural Society, 2010), Depth Theology (Georgia, 2006), and Watchfulness (Sputen Duyvil, 2001) as well as a book of literary criticism, Gnostic Contagion: Robert Duncan & the Poetry of Illness (Welseyan). As Ronald Johnson's literary executor, he has edited three books: To Do As Adam Did: Selected Poems (Talisman), The Shrubberies (Flood), and Radi Os (Flood). Two new Ronald Johnson books, The Outworks and a new edition of ARK, are both forthcoming from Flood. Likewise, Is Music, a book of selected poems of John Taggart, which he edited, was published by Copper Canyon in 2010. He is a longtime editor of LVNG, an advisory editor for the Cultural Society, and an integral member of the Chicago Poetry Project.