Chris Collins_AMCollins1Christopher P. Collins is the author of My American Night (University of Georgia Press, 2018), selected by David Bottoms as the winner of the 2017 Georgia Poetry Prize. He has also published one poetry chapbook, Gathering Leaves for War (Finishing Line Press, 2013).

He is Assistant Professor of English at Wilmington College where he teaches creative writing and composition.

Collins’ poetry and prose have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Award, and a fellowship with Creative Nonfiction where he worked directly with founder and chief editor Lee Gutkind. His essays and poetry are forthcoming or have been published in Creative Nonfiction, CutBank Literary Journal, Five Points, Pilgrimage, and The Heartland Review as well as anthologized in a few books.

Born and raised in Kentucky, Collins earned a B.A. from Thomas More College, a M.Ed. from Xavier University (Ohio), a M.F.A. (Poetry) from Murray State University, and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing (Literary Nonfiction) from the University of Cincinnati.

He lives with his wife and two children in Independence, Kentucky.