John Drury Takes a Break from Teaching by Teaching at Antioch Writers' Workshop This Summer

For quite a while, people around the University of Cincinnati have known John Drury as an 

award-winning professor of English

. This poet and former director of the Creative Writing Program in McMicken's Department of English and Comparative Literature is developing a following among writers (poets as well as nonpoets)


of academia.

For the third year, Drury will be teaching at the Antioch Writers' Workshop in Yellow Springs, Ohio, which takes place from July 10 through July 16. This year, by popular demand, he will be leading the afternoon poetry seminar with a small group of poets who are seriously interested in honing their craft.

Drury's poems have appeared in "Poetry," "Shenandoah," "The Paris Review," "The New Republic," "The American Poetry Review," "The Southern Review," "The Hudson Review," "Western Humanities Review" and other periodicals, as well as in a Pushcart Prize anthology and in "Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English," edited by Agha Shahid Ali (Wesleyan University Press, 2000). He has won the Bernard F. Conners Prize for Poetry from "The Paris Review," as well as two Ohio Arts Council grants. His poetry collections include "Burning the Aspern Papers" (Miami University Press, 2003), "The Disappearing Town" (Miami University Press, 2000) and a chapbook, "The Stray Ghost" (State Street Press, 1987). He is also the author of "The Poetry Dictionary" (Writer's Digest Books, 2006) and "Creating Poetry" (Writer's Digest Books, 1991). After studying at the University of Maryland and serving in the U.S. Army, he earned degrees at SUNY/Stony Brook, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Iowa. 

Other faculty at the workshop this year include Crystal Wilkinson (a frequent visitor to UC), Cathy Smith Bowers, Ann Hagedorn, Donald Ray Pollock, Ralph Keyes, Matthew Goodman, Herbert Woodward Martin, Greg Hoard, Katrina Kittle and Carrie Bebris. Susan Carpenter, who received her PhD from UC's Department of English and Comparative Literature, will be giving the "First Book Talk" during the week.

At 7:00 p.m., on Saturday, July 10, the keynote address will be given by Sigrid Nunez. Nunez has published five novels; her sixth novel, "Salvation City," will be published in fall 2010. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, including two Pushcart Prize volumes and four anthologies of Asian-American literature.

About Antioch Writers' Workshop

Antioch Writers’ Workshop, in partnership with Antioch University McGregor and with sponsorship from the Ohio Arts Council, is produced by the Yellow Springs Writers’ Workshop, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity created in 1993. Antioch Writers’ Workshop participants may earn graduate-level continuing professional development credit for teachers, or undergraduate and graduate credit, through Antioch University McGregor.

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More About John Drury

UC English Professor John Drury Featured at Annual Antioch Writers' Workshop
Drury was joined by other notable literaries such as novelist Elizabeth Strout, nonfiction writer Paul Dickson, humorist Robert Inman and “Afrilachian” writer Crystal Wilkinson for a week-long intensive devotion to the art of writing — with lots of elbow rubbing.

2007 George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Creative and/or Scholarly Works: John Drury
Those who can, do. John Drury can and does. He also teaches — and writes about it! And now he’s won the Rieveschl Award for his poetry works.

John Drury Awarded Major Poetry Prize
To most people the terms “undercover agent” and “poet” sound almost antithetical.



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