Gloria, J. E. (Eugene), MFA
Professor of English
Eugene Gloria earned a B.A. from San Francisco State University, M.A. from Miami University of Ohio, and MFA from the University of Oregon. He is the author of three books of poems — My Favorite Warlord (Penguin, 2012), Hoodlum Birds (Penguin, 2006), and Drivers at the Short-Time Motel (Penguin, 2000). His awards and honors include a National Poetry Series selection, an Asian American Literary Award, a Fulbright Research Grant at the University of the Philippines, a San Francisco Art Commission grant, a Poetry Society of America award, and a Pushcart Prize. He was appointed the Arts & Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University in 2013 and a Fulbright Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila in 2017. His collection My Favorite Warlord was awarded the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Poetry, which recognizes “outstanding works that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of cultural diversity.”
Gloria’s recent and forthcoming poetry and prose appear in The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, Shenandoah, Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review, Memorious, Cimarron Review, Indiana Review, Seneca Review, TriQuarterly, Harvard Review, Boulevard, and The Best American Poetry 2014.
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 them to devise ways to inhabit the English language, to make it their own, and engage the world through language.