Peter O’Leary, right, pictured here with his brother Michael on Wabash Ave., Chicago.
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, Phosphorescence of Thought, and The Sampo. As Ronald Johnson’s literary executor, he has edited several volumes of Johnson’s poetry, including The Shrubberies, Radi os, and new editions of ARK and The Book of the Green Man. 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. A new study, Thick and Dazzling Darkness: Religious Poetry in a Secular Age, has been published by Columbia University Press. He lives in Oak Park, 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. Mr. O’Leary is available for readings and events, and review copies of his book are available upon request. Email for inquiry or press materials via the address or link here.