John Drury

Ohio, United States

John Drury is the author of four full-length poetry collections: Sea Level Rising (Able Muse Press, 2015), The Refugee Camp (Turning Point Books, 2011), Burning the Aspern Papers (Miami University Press, 2003), and The Disappearing Town (Miami University Press, 2000).  He has also written The Poetry Dictionary and Creating Poetry, both published by Writer’s Digest Books.  His awards include a Pushcart Prize, two Ohio Arts Council grants, an Ingram Merrill Foundation fellowship, and the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review.  He is a Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati.



  • Sea Level Rising , Able Muse Press (March 23, 2015)
  • The Refugee Camp , Turning Point Books (October 2011)
  • Burning the Aspern Papers , Miami University Press (2003)
  • The Disappearing Town , Miami University Press (2000)
  • The Stray Ghost , State Street Press (1987)
  • The Poetry Dictionary , Writer's Digest Books (2006)
  • Creating Poetry , Writer's Digest Books (1991)


  • Professor of English at University of Cincinnati (September 1985 - )


  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from University of Iowa (May 1980)
  • Master of Arts in Poetry from Johns Hopkins University (May 1978)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Stony Brook University (December 1976)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry