Philip Metres is the author of Pictures at an Exhibition (Akron Poetry Series, 2016); Sand Opera (Alice James Books, 2015); I Burned at Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2015); To See the Earth (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2008), Come Together: Imagine Peace (Bottom Dog Press, 2008), Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941 (University Of Iowa Press, 2007), Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Selected Poems of Lev Rubinstein (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2004), and A Kindred Orphanhood: Selected Poems of Sergey Gandlevsky (Zephyr Press, 2003). He has also published two chapbooks, Instants (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006) and Primer for Non-Native Speakers (Wick Poetry Series, 2004), and published three in 2011: abu ghraib arias (Flying Guillotine Press), Ode to Oil; (Kattywompus Press); and Thirty-Five New Pages (Ugly Duckling).
His work has appeared in Best American Poetry, and Inclined to Speak: Contemporary Arab American Poetryand has garnered an NEA, a Watson Fellowship, two Ohio Arts Council Grants, and the Cleveland Arts Prize in 2010. He teaches literature and creative writing at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. Were it not for Ellis Island, his last name would be Abourjaili.