A reading series featuring artists, poets, and writers whose work complements Ghost Nature , a group exhibition at Gallery 400 based around the strangeness of the natural world.
Peter O’Leary has published four books of poetry: Watchfulness, Depth Theology, Luminous Epinoia, and, in 2013, Phosphorescence of Thought, a poem about the evolution of consciousness. O’Leary reads poetry from his project Earth Is Best – a series of odes about mushrooms and mushroom foraging, the mythology of the frosty north country, and religious imagination. He has edited several volumes of Ronald Johnson’s poetry, including The Shrubberies, Radi Os, and a new edition of Johnson’s masterpiece, ARK, all from Flood Editions. Recently, he also edited Is Music: Selected Poems by John Taggart. In 2002, his critical study, Gnostic Contagion: Robert Duncan & the Poetry of Illness, was published. He lives in Berwyn, Illinois, and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and for the Committee on Creative Writing at the University of Chicago. With John Tipton, he directs the small poetry press Verge Books.