Lou Bury received a BA in English from NYU (2003) and a Ph.D. in English from the CUNY Graduate Center (2011). Before joining the faculty at Hostos, he was a Language Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program at NYU and a part-time professional poker player. Teaching and research interests include: poetry and poetics; creative non-fiction; autobiography; philosophy and aesthetics; play and games; OuLiPo and constraint; visual culture; wild theory; notebooks, ephemera, and other unclassified forms of writing; intersections of creative and critical writing; ecology, ecopoetics, and environmental art."

His book, Exercises in Criticism: The Theory and Practice of Literary Constraint (Dalkey Archive Press, 2015), uses rules and procedures to write poetic and autobiographical criticism about works of literary constraint. He writes about art for Hyperallergic and is at work on a constrained book about ecology and individual choice. He has published creative and critical work in Bookforum, The Brooklyn Rail, Jacket Magazine, Jacket2, Drunken Boat, Aufgabe, The VoltaColdfront, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Boston Review, and The Believer.