Eric Ormsby is the author of The Baboons of Hada, a selection of his poems (Carcanet). He is also the author of Ghazali (Oneworld). Eric Ormsby was born in Atlanta, raised in Miami, and was formerly professor and director of the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University. He now resides in London and is the Chief Librarian at the Library of The Institute of Ismaili Studies. His Poetry has appeared in most of the major journals in Canada, England and the U.S., including The New Yorker, The New Republic, Paris Review, Descant, Parnassus and The Oxford American. In recent years he has been a regular contributor of essays and reviews to The New Criterion, as well as to Parnassus, Books in Canada and The Yale Review. His first collection of poems, Bavarian Shrine and other poems, appeared in 1990 and won the QSpell Award for 1991. In the following year he received an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award for “outstanding work as a poet.” His 1992 collection entitled Coastlines was a finalist for the QSpell Award of that year. A third collection, For a Modest God: New and Selected Poems appeared in 1997 with Grove Press in New York. His work has been anthologized in The Norton Anthology of Poetry as well as in The Norton Introduction to Literature. A fourth collection of poems, entitled Araby, appeared in 2001 with Signal Editions (Montreal). A collection of esays, most originally published in The New Criterion, appeared in Fall 2001. As a scholar, Ormsby specializes in medieval Islamic theology and philosophy and regularly contributes articles to academic journals in that field. He has travelled widely in the Islamic world as a researcher and a consultant. He is married, with two sons, and lives with his wife Irena, an architectural historian.
Articles by Eric OrmsbyView All
Books May 2021
Proust in person
A review of Proustian Uncertainties by Saul Friedländer.
Features April 2018
On Marianne Moore’s life and poetry.
Features March 2018
Words made flesh
A review of Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World by Christopher de Hamel.