About Peter

Peter O’Leary was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1968. Though he has lived for extended stays in Portland, Vienna, St. Louis, and Budapest, the bulk of his life has been lived alongside the Great Lakes and their waterways: the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River, and Lake Michigan. His books of poetry include Watchfulness, Depth Theology, Luminous Epinoia, and Phosphorescence of Thought. As Ronald Johnson’s literary executor, he has edited several volumes of Johnson’s poetry, including The Shrubberies, Radi os, and a new edition of ARK. He has also edited Is Music: Selected Poems by John Taggart. In 2002, his critical study, Gnostic Contagion: Robert Duncan & the Poetry of Illness, was published. He lives in Berwyn, Illinois and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and for the Committee on Creative Writing at the University of Chicago. With John Tipton, he directs the small poetry press Verge Books.