About John Gery

Mr. Gery has been a professor at the University of New Orleans since 1979. He has a M.A. in English from Stanford. For his work, he has received a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1991-92), an Artist Fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts (2002), two Deep South Writers Poetry Awards (1983, 1987), and a European Award of the Circle Franz Kafka in Prague (2000), among other awards. His collection of poems, The Enemies of Leisure, received a Critic's Choice Award from the San Francisco Review of Books and was named a Best Book of 1995 in poetry by Publisher's Weekly. His poems have been translated into Serbian, Chinese, Romanian, and Bengali. Since 1990 John has served as the founding Director of the Ezra Pound Center for Literature at Brunnenburg, Dorf Tirol, Italy, a biannual summer program with seminars on the poetry of Ezra Pound and poetry writing, conducted at a castle in the Italian Alps where Pound once lived, now the home of Pound's daughter, Mary de Rachewiltz, and her family. He generously agreed to participate in this website when it was just an inkling and the Louisiana Poetry Project is indebted to him for his support and encouragement.


Have at You Now! (CW Books, 2014)

A Gallery of Ghosts (University of New Orleans Press, 2008)

Davenport's Version (Portals Press, 2003)

American Ghost/Americki Duh (bilingual, trans. by Biljana D. Obradovic, Cross-Cultural, 1999)

For the House of Torkom: Armenian prose poems of Hmayyag Shems
(co-trans. with Vahe Baladouni, Cross-Cultural, 1999)

The Enemies of Leisure (Story Line, 1995)

Three Poems (Lestat Press, 1989)

The Burning of New Orleans (Amelia, 1988)

Charlemagne: A Song of Gestures (Plumbers Ink, 1983)