Dr. Louis Gallo


Professor Gallo's teaching interests include creative writing and modern and contemporary literature.  Four volumes of Louis Gallo’s poetry, Archaeology, Scherzo Furiant, Crash and Clearing the Attic, are now available. Two forthcoming volumes, Why is there Something Rather than Nothing? and Leeway & Advent, will be published in the near future. His work will appear in Best Short Fiction 2020 forthcoming. A novella, “The Art Deco Lung,” will be published in Storylandia. Chapbooks include The Truth Changes, The Abomination of Fascination, Status Updates and The Ten Most Important Questions. He is the founding editor of the now defunct Books:  A New Orleans Review.  His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize several times. He is the recipient of an NEA grant for fiction. 

Recent accomplishments include the following:

  • Interview/Poetry Reading, invitation by National Public Radio show "With Good Reason," broadcast across the country (2021)
  • Interview/Poetry Reading, invitation from Artemis Speaks with interviewer Estee Secreast (2020)
  • Interview/Reading, Radford Writer's Desk podcast (episode 7)
  • Reading of single poem published in Artemis in annual Artemis Literary Journal reading event (2020)

His stories, poems and essays have appeared in journals such as Rattle, Glimmer Train, Litro, North of Oxford, Fictive Bream, Mash Stories, Pennsylvania Literary Review, Offcourse Literary Journal, Virginia English Journal, Glimmer Train, Greensboro Review, Missouri Review, New Orleans Review, Loyola Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Baltimore Review, The MacGuffin, Modern Poetry Studies, American Literary Review, Critique, Mississippi Review, Thema, Green Hills Review, Italian Americana, Louisiana Literature, The Southern Quarterly, Flash, Oregon Literary Review, Bartleby-Snopes, Raving Dove, Segue, Contemporary American Voices, Poetrymagazine, Tampa Review, Babel Fruit, Mused, Skyline Review, Portland Review, Thema, Houston Literary Review, Paradigm, The Vocabulary Review, Tipton Poetry Review, Poetry Midwest and many others.  Dr. Gallo has won first prize for fiction entries in Greensboro Review and Italian Americana; one of his stories was reprinted in an anthology of southern literature from LSU Press in 2005. The Greensboro Review story was reprinted in The Bench Press anthology.  Dr. Gallo is former editor of The Barataria Review, a literary magazine that published some of the earliest work Julia Alvarez and Ellen Gilchrist; a former editor of Books: A New Orleans Review; and a contributing editor of The Pushcart Press.  Dr. Gallo's personal interviews with William Burroughs, Walker Percy, James Purdy, Susan Sontag, Miller Williams and others have been published in varied newspapers.  He has read his fiction and poetry at Spoleto, Stephens College, University of Missouri, New Orleans University, Barnes & Noble, Radford University, Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman University), McNeese State University and many others.  He founded the Mardi Gras Poetry Readings in New Orleans, which still thrive now as The Maple Leaf Readings.  He has served as an editorial consultant for Houghton-Mifflin, Longman and Prentice-Hall.  He has served on academic panels at the MLA, the AWP Writer's Conference, the Winthrop College Writers Conference and others.  Dr. Gallo received his BA from Tulane University, his MA from Louisiana State University and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.

Other interests include book-selling and appraisal, antiques and collectibles, editing manuscripts, the study of the history of consciousness (via Neumann, Wilber, Jung, Jaynes, Eliade and others), shamanism and visionary experiences.

Contact: lgallo@radford.edu