Born and raised in New York City, Philip Brady received a B.A. from Bucknell University, M.A.’s from the University of Delaware and San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. in English from SUNY Binghamton.

His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in over fifty journals in the United States, including Abraxas, The American Literary Review, At Length, The Belfast Literary Supplement, Centennial Review, College English, Green Mountains Review, The Honest Ulsterman, Hotel Amerika, The Irish Literary Journal, The Laurel Review, The Literary Review, The Massachusetts Review, Poetry Northwest, Thought & Action, and other journals. Translated into Spanish, Polish, Norwegian, and Hebrew, his poems have been published internationally.  

Brady is the author of four books of poetry, To Banquet with the Ethiopians: A Memoir of Life Before the Alphabet (Broadstone 2015), Fathom, (WordTech 2007); Weal (1999 Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press); and Forged Correspondences, (New Myths, 1996) chosen for Ploughshares’ “Editors’ Shelf” by Maxine Kumin.

His essay collection, Phantom Signs: The Muse in Universe City appeared from the University of Tennessee Press in 2019. By Heart: Reflections of a Rust-Belt Bard, (University of Tennessee, 2008) won a Gold Medal from ForeWord Magazine. A memoir, To Prove My Blood: A Tale of Emigrations & The Afterlife, was published by Ashland Poetry Press in 2003. He co‑edited, with James F.Carens, Critical Essays on James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, (Twayne,1998) and edited Poems & Their Making: A Conversation (Etruscan Press, 2015).

Brady’s work has received the Ohio Governor’s Award in Arts Education, Ohioana Poetry Award, six Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowships, a Thayer Fellowship in the Arts from New York State, an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Listowel Writer’s Prize (Ireland) and residencies at Yaddo, the Millay Colony, the Ragdale Foundation, the Hambidge Center, the Headlands Center for the Arts, The Virginia Center for the Arts, Hawthornden Castle (Scotland), The Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland), Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain), and Cimelice Castle, (Czech Republic). He has also been a visiting lecturer at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and the Poets’ House in Donegal, Ireland.

He is Executive Director of Etruscan Press, a national literary publishing house which he co-founded in 2001. Etruscan has been named one of five 2015 finalists for the AWP Small Press Award, produced three National Book Award Finalists and a Longlist nominee, earned four NEA grants, won the Roethke Prize, and had work reprinted in Best American Poetry, 2007 & 2008. He also was the founding director of the NEOMFA Program from 2004-2006.

Brady has taught at University College Cork in Ireland, as a Peace Corps Volunteer at the National University of Zaire, in the Semester at Sea Program, and in the Wilkes University Low-Residency MFA Program. Currently he is a distinguished professor of English at Youngstown State University, where he directs the Poetry Center and plays in the New-Celtic band, Brady’s Leap.



May, 1990    • Ph.D. in English, Binghamton University
May, 1986    • M.A. in Creative Writing, San Francisco State University
May, 1979    • M.A. in English, University of Delaware
May, 1977    • B.A. with Honors in English, Bucknell University
1975 – 1976 • Junior Year Abroad, University College Cork, Ireland

Academic Positions

1999 – pres. • Professor, Youngstown State University
2003 – pres. • Faculty Member Wilkes University Low-Residency MFA Program
2003            • Faculty Member, Summer Semester at Sea Program
1994 – 1999 • Associate Professor, Youngstown State University
1990 – 1994 • Assistant Professor, Youngstown State University
1987 – 1990 • Teaching Assistant, Binghamton University
1986 – 1987 • Instructor, Evergreen Valley College, San Jose, CA
1985 – 1986 • Adjunct Lecturer, San Francisco State University
1983 – 1986 • Assistant Professor, Armstrong College, Berkeley, CA
1982 – 1983 • Tutor, University College Cork, Ireland
1980 – 1982 • Associate Professor,(Peace Corps) U. of Lubumbashi
1977 – 1979 • Teaching Assistant, University of Delaware



Phantom Signs: The Muse in Universe City. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, March 2019

To Banquet with the Ethiopians: A Memoir of Life Before the Alphabet: Frankfurt, Broadstone, 2015

By Heart: Reflections of a Rust Belt Bard. Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, October, 2008.

Fathom, a collection of poems. Cincinnati, Ohio: Word Press, 2007

To Prove My Blood: A Tale of Emigrations & the Afterlife. Ashland Poetry Press, 2003.

Weal, a collection of poems. winner of the 1999 Snyder Publication Prize Ashland University: Ashland Poetry Press, 2000.

Forged Correspondences, a collection of poems. Binghamton University: New Myths Press,1996.


Poems & Their Making: A Conversation: Wilkes-Barre, Etruscan Press 2015

Critical Essays on James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. (co-edited with James F.Carens), New York: G.K.Hall Literary Series, Twayne Publishers, 1998.

Provincetown Arts, Guest Poetry Editor, 2005

Artful Dodge, a Journal of Contemporary Writing, Senior Poetry Editor, 2000-2006.

New Myths/MSS: A Journal of Fiction and Poetry, third issue, Senior Poetry Editor, 1995.

Essays, Interviews, Notes

“My Dinner with Joe,” Green Mountains Review, 2008.
“This is Heyen Speaking: On Shoah Train and The Rope”, Provincetown Arts, 2006.
“Fiction That Might Be Strange: An Interview with Joyce Carol Oates”,Bucknell World, 2006
“The Shapes a Bright Container Can Contain,”;Ordering Demons, Cleveland: Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2005
“And Look At Me: An Interview with Robert Mooney and Christine Lincoln”, Artful Dodge, 2004.
“Interview with William Heyen“, Artful Dodge, 2003.
“Essay on Milt Kessler“, Artful Dodge, 2003
“Note on Drift of Days and Nights by Torild Walderner”, Artful Dodge, 2001
“By Heart: Curriculum for a Bardic School”, The Drunken Boat, Fall, 2002.
“Ginsberg in Ballydehob”, The Ohio Writer, Spring, 2001.
“Books of Sand: A Review of Unpublished Manuscripts, One a Conceit of Its Author”,Connecticut Review, Spring, 2001.
“Tom Clancy & Me”, Thought & Action, Fall, 1998.
“The Scholar in the Hayfield: Brian Friel and the Post-Colonial Classroom”, Radical Teacher, Fall, 1998.
“What the River Says: Narrative in the Composition Class”, Writing on the Edge, Fall, 1998.
“Teaching Like My Fathers: Gender and Learning Styles”, Connecticut Review, Spring, 1998.
“Teaching Tu Fu on the Night Shift”, College English, September, 1995. Reprinted in The Questioning Reader: Allen & Bacon, 2000.
“Entangled Music: Teaching the Aural Imagination”, Pennsylvania English, Spring, 1995.
“The Poetry of Resistance in Northern Ireland”, The Arkansas Quarterly, Fall, 1992.
“Wesen”, The Ohio Writer, January, ’01
“The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (in Galway)”,  The Massachusetts Review, Fall ’92.

Poems in:

American Literary Review, Poetry Northwest, Passages North, Abraxas, The International Poetry Review, The Laurel Review, The New Virginia Review, The Centennial Review,
The Chattahoochee Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Cincinnati Poetry Review, Jeopardy, Interim, West Branch, Footwork,Onionhead, The Oregon Review, The Honest Ulsterman, Mahoning Valley Poetry Anthology, The Birmingham Poetry Review, The Graham House Review, The Hiram Poetry Review, Pacific International, The Eleventh Muse, Provincetown Arts, New Myths/MSS, Bluff City Review, The Belfast Gown Literary Supplement, The Endless Mountains Review, Poet Lore, The Berkeley Poetry Review, Five Fingers Review, The Berkeley Poets Co.op, Alembic,Transfer, Cyphers,
and The Journal of Irish Literature.


“Priest Hole,” translated into Hebrew by Ya’el Globerman, Helicon, Spring 1999
“Touring Plague Country” and “Scald” translated into Polish by Beata Tarnowski, Portrat, 1998.
“New Age,” translated into Norwegian by Torild Walderman, Dogndrift, Spring, 1997.
“Hunger’s Painting” translated into Spanish by Roberto Fernandez, Guadalajara, A View from the North, 1994.

Grants & Awards


  • Faculty Improvement Leave, YSU 2015
  • Distinguished Professorship in Teaching, YSU 2015
  • Sabbatical, YSU, 2006-2007
  • Distinguished Professorship in University Service, YSU, 2005
  • Research Professorship, YSU, 2003
  • Faculty Improvement Leave, YSU, 2002
  • Distinguished Professorship in Scholarship, YSU, 1999
  • Sabbatical, YSU, 1997-.98
  • Research Professorship, YSU, 1996
  • Research Professorship, YSU, 1993
  • College Teacher of the Year, Armstrong College, 1985


  • Faculty Appointment to Semester-At-Sea Program, Summer 2003
  • Ohio Arts Council Travel Grant to Cimelice, Czech Republic, 1999
  • YSU Research Council Grant for travel to Ireland for research on To Prove My Blood: A Tale of Emigrations & the Afterlife
  • International Rotary Foundation Cultural Exchange Travel Grant to Nigeria (March.April 1995)
  • Ohio Arts Council Travel Grant to Sausalito, California (1994)
  • Ohio Cultural Alliance Artists Exchange Travel Grants to Guadalajara, Mexico (December 1990 and March 1993)

Artist Colony Residencies

  • Soros Centre for the Contemporary Arts, Czech Republic, 1999
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 1998
  • Hawthornden Castle, Scotland, 1998
  • Hambidge Center for the Arts, 1997
  • Ragdale Foundation, 1997
  • Tyrone Guthrie Arts Centre, Ireland, 1997
  • Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain, 1997
  • Millay Colony for the Arts Fellowship, 1995
  • Headlands Center for the Arts Fellowship, 1994
  • Yaddo Fellowship, 1992

Poetry, Fiction, and Criticism

  • Ohio Governor’s Award in Arts Education, 2015
  • Ohioana Poetry Award, 2008
  • Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship in Criticism, 2006
  • Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship in Criticism, 2001
  • Best of Ohio Writers Contest,
    First Prize, Fiction; First Prize, Poetry; Second Prize, Writers on Writing ; Honorable Mention, Creative-Non Fiction, 2000
  • Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize, for Weal, 1999
  • Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship in Poetry, 1999
  • Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship in Criticism, 1999
  • Forged Correspondences chosen for Ploughshare’s Editor’s Shelf by Maxine Kumin, 1996
  • Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship in Poetry, 1993
  • Thayer Fellowship from New York State, 1990
  • Academy of American Poets Prize, Binghamton University, 1989
  • Newhouse Award for Poetry, Binghamton University, 1987
  • Poetry Prize, Listowel Writers Week, Ireland, 1983

Courses Taught

  • Poetry Writing (introduction, advanced undergraduate and graduate workshops)
  • Fiction Writing (introduction, advanced undergraduate and graduate workshops)
  • Literary Publishing
  • Creative Non-Fiction Writing (graduate workshop)
  • Poets in the School: Teaching Creative Writing in the Community
  • Ethnopoetics (graduate seminar)
  • Modern Poetry (undergraduate and graduate seminars)
  • Modern Irish Literature (graduate seminar)
  • Post.Colonial Literature (senior seminar)
  • Modern Irish Poetry, Modern Irish Drama, Contemporary Irish Fiction, Irish-American Literature (advanced undergraduate courses)
  • African Literature (advanced course)
  • Modern World Literature (introductory courses)
  • Classical World Literature (introductory courses)
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Composition (Developmental, Rhetoric, and Research)

University & Community Service

As Founder and Director of the YSU Poetry Center, 1994 – present

  • Wrote successful grants resulting in $90,000 funding
  • Arranged, promoted, and hosted and introduced 100 readings and performances by visiting and local writers from 1994 to present
  • Instituted and continue to promote student reading series
  • Manage annual budget
  • Produced promotional material, including website, yearly flyers, posters,
    and 10 year Retrospective

As Coordinator of NEOMFA Program, 2004 – 2006

  • Chaired committee which wrote NEOMFA Governance Document
  • Planned, monitored, and dispersed MFA budget
  • Chaired meetings of the executive committee.
  • Supervised admissions committee
  • Interacted with four campus administrations
  • Represented MFA faculty on administrative committee
  • Coordinated application procedures
  • Coordinated course offerings
  • Coordinated promotional activities for MFA
  • Coordinated campus events related to MFA

English Department Faculty Member, 1990 – present

  • Represent YSU on intercollegial committee to institute consortial MFA Program with University of Akron, Cleveland State University,
    and Kent State University
  • Advise Penguin Review, Student Literary Journal, 1999-present
  • Advise Student Poetry Society, 1995-present
  • Chair Creative Writing Committee 1994-present
  • Act as Consulting Editor, CEA Critic: review essays submitted for publication, 1990-1996
  • Lectured for American Visions & Artists Series, Ohio Cultural Alliance,
    Irish Heritage Society, The Ulster Project, The College Club of Sharon, the Boardman Rotary Club, and Ohio Retired Teachers Organization.
  • Served on Committees on Search, Workload, Composition, and British Literature
  • Manage and Perform in Brady’s Leap, Celtic acoustic band comprised of YSU faculty members: over thirty engagements; released two CD’s of original music since 2003

As Founder and Director of Etruscan Press, 2001 – present

  • Inaugurated national literary press, which has released over 60 books of poetry, literary criticism, creative non-fiction, and fiction since 2002.
  • Raised $300,000 in private funding.
  • Wrote successful grants for National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, the Weans Foundation, and the Andrews Founation.
  • Oversee all aspects of publishing operation, including screening manuscripts, book selection and promotion, Board development, financial management, hiring and supervision of Managing Editor, Publishing Consultant, Development Officer, Book Designers, and Student Interns.
  • Negotiated successful partnership between Etruscan Press and Wilkes U. permitting Etruscan to hire a full-time managing editor, part-time  assistants, and to move into a new Wilkes U. facility.
  • Negotiated book distribution deal with Consortium, the premier small-press book distributor.
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