Gary J. Whitehead is the author of three full-length poetry collections: A Glossary of Chickens (Princeton University Press, 2013), selected by Paul Muldoon for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets; Measuring Cubits while the Thunder Claps (2008); and The Velocity of Dust (2005). He has also authored three chapbooks of poetry, two of which were winners of national competitions. His poems have appeared widely in journals and magazines, most notably in the New Yorker.

Whitehead's writing awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, the Pearl Hogrefe Fellowship at Iowa State University, and the PEN Northwest Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency Award. He has also been awarded the Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teaching Award. He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York and teaches English and creative writing at Tenafly High School in New Jersey.