Eugene Gloria was born in Manila, Philippines, in 1957 and raised in San Francisco, California. He attended St. Agnes School in the Haight-Ashbury and St. Ignatius College Preparatory. He earned a B.A. from San Francisco State University, M.A. from Miami University, and MFA from University of Oregon. He is a professor of English at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana where he teaches creative writing and English literature. During the 2013 spring semester, he served as the Bowling Green State University College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer.
He is the author of three books of poems, My Favorite Warlord (Penguin Books, 2012), Hoodlum Birds (Penguin Books, 2006), and Drivers at the Short-Time Motel (Penguin Books, 2000). His individual poems and an essay have appeared in TriQuarterly, Shenandoah, The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, and Seneca Review.
He has been a scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and a resident at the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Fundación Valparaíso in Spain, Le Château de Lavigny in Switzerland, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Virginia and in France.
- Fulbright Scholar Grant
- Poetry Society of America George Bogin Memorial Award
- National Poetry Series selection for Drivers at the Short-Time Motel
- Asian American Literary Award
- 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
- Drivers at the Short-Time Motel (Penguin Books, 2000)
- Hoodlum Birds (Penguin Books, 2006)
- My Favorite Warlord (Penguin Books, 2012)
- David Lehman and Terrance Hayes, ed. (2014). The Best American Poetry 2014. Scribner. ISBN 9781476708157.
- Bill Henderson, ed. (2004). The Pushcart Prize XXVIII: Best of the Small Presses. Pushcart Press. ISBN 978-1-888889-37-6.
In a 2012 book review, Publishers Weekly wrote:
"Gloria establishes himself as a poet of memory, of masculinity, as well as of Asian-American political identity.... His formal resourcefulness and his attention to manhood, its symbols, its troubles, place him in the company of Bruce Smith, though his work will also, and rightly, find another niche among other Asian-American writers; Gloria (who teaches at DePauw University in Indiana) sets himself confidently against injustice, in favor of inquiry, amid the eclectic language of contemporary scenes."
In a 2006 book review in The Washington Post, former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky wrote:
"Eugene Gloria's new book, Hoodlum Birds, demonstrates a central quality of poetry: depth of language, the power to get past the first surfaces of words and of things. Or to put it differently, the power to hear harmonies beyond the obvious ones, finding new undertones of meaning."
- Robert Pinsky (April 9, 2006). "Poet's Choice". The Washington Post.