Et in Arcadia Ego

Poetry is an art of imitation... that is to say, a representing, counterfeiting, or figuring forth--to speak metaphorically,
a speaking picture...
--Sir Philip Sidney, The Defence of Poesie


Born in Michigan, Gregory Crosby spent his formative years in Las Vegas, where for more than a decade he was an art critic,  columnist and cultural commentator. He is the author of Walking Away from Explosions in Slow Motion (2018, The Operating System) and the chapbooks Spooky Action at a Distance (2014, The Operating System) and The Book of Thirteen (2016, Yes Poetry Press); his poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Court Green, LevelerCopper Nickel, Epiphany, HyperallergicPing PongSink ReviewJacket, Ophelia Street, Rattle, Caveat Lector, The Scapegoat ReviewStirring and Yes, Poetry, among others. 

In 2002, as a poetry consultant for the Cultural Affairs Division of the City of Las Vegas, he was instrumental in the creation of the Poets Bridge public art project in the Lewis Avenue Park in downtown Las Vegas. His dedicatory poem for the project, “The Long Shot,” was subsequently reproduced in bronze and installed in the park; later, it appeared in the University of Nevada Press anthology Literary Nevada: Writings from the Silver State. In 2004, he was awarded a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship in Literary Arts.

He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York , where he won the 2006 Marie Ponsot Poetry Prize. His thesis manuscript, The Court of Erros, was a finalist for the 2006 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. From 2010 to 2014 he co-curated the long-running EARSHOT reading series, and from 2011 to 2015 he co-edited the online poetry journal Lyre Lyre.  He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justive, and he teaches creative writing in the College Now program at Lehman College, City University of New York.