John P. Drury

Contact Information

John Drury
Position Professor
Office Location McMicken Hall Room 350H 
Phone (513) 556-3948
Fax (513) 556-5960
Mail Location 0069


John Drury, Professor

John Drury, Professor


School Degree
University of Iowa M.F.A (English), 1980
Johns Hopkins University M.A. (Writing Seminars), 1978
State University of New York  at Stony Brook B.A. (Comparative Literature), 1976

Professional Summary

John Drury was born in Cambridge, Maryland, in 1950, and grew up in Bethesda, where he attended Walt Whitman High School. After two years at the University of Maryland, he dropped out of school and joined the Army, studying German and working in the American Liaison Office of the West German Refugee Center near Nuremberg. He completed his education at SUNY/Stony Brook, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Iowa. After working as a medical editor at American College Testing, he began teaching at the University of Cincinnati in 1985. He is the author of four full-length poetry collections (The Disappearing Town, Burning the Aspern Papers, The Refugee Camp, and Sea Level Rising), as well as two books about poetry (Creating Poetry and The Poetry Dictionary). He has led two Literary Study Tours to Venice, in 1998 and 2005.