Gloria, J. Eugene (Eugene), MFA
John Rabb Emison Professor of Creative and Performing Arts and Professor of English
Eugene Gloria is the author of four books of poems: Sightseer in This Killing City (Penguin Random House, 2019), My Favorite Warlord (Penguin, 2012), Hoodlum Birds (Penguin, 2006), and Drivers at the Short-Time Motel (Penguin, 2000). Gloria's recent and forthcoming poetry and prose also appear in Poetry, New England Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Common, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, Shenandoah, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Indiana Review, TriQuarterly, Harvard Review, and The Best American Poetry 2014. A DePauw University faculty member since 2000, he is the John Rabb Emison Professor of Creative and Performing Arts for 2019-2024.
Gloria earned a B.A. from San Francisco State University, M.A. from Miami University of Ohio, and MFA from the University of Oregon. His honors include a National Poetry Series selection, an Asian American Literary Award, a Fulbright Research Grant at the University of the Philippines, a Poetry Society of America award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Senior Visiting Fellowship at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, and the Arts & Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer position at Bowling Green State University. His collection My Favorite Warlord received an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, which recognizes “outstanding works that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of cultural diversity.” His book Sightseer in This Killing City won the 2020 Indiana Authors Award for Poetry.
At DePauw, I lead creative writing workshop at all levels and also teach First-Year Seminar and literature courses on contemporary American poetry and Asian American poets and writers. As a teaching poet, I ask my students to find ways to surprise not only our readers, but also themselves in their writing. I remind them that in the art of writing poetry our allegiance is to the imagination. In our close reading of the literature assignments in creative writing workshop, I encourage students to devise ways to inhabit the English language, to make it their own, and engage the world through language.