The son of two chemists, poet and editor Bruce Covey was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, and educated at Yale University, where he earned an MA in English literature. Influenced by John Ashbery and Ron Padgett, Covey’s poems often utilize narrative and sequence, sometimes engaging found text, with both playfulness and urgency. Reviewing Glass Is Really a Liquid for the Rumpus, Weston Cutter noted that Covey’s poems “make sense, fundamentally, but they’ve got a strange, skittering-away sense to them, a resistance to being pinned down.”

Covey is the author of several collections of poetry, including Glass Is Really a Liquid (2010), Elapsing Speedway Organism (2006), and The Greek Gods as Telephone Wires (1992). The editor of the online poetry journal Coconut and its sister press, Coconut Books, Covey has taught at the Atlanta College of Art and Emory University, where he also serves as senior director of technical services for campus life. He lives in Atlanta.