Christopher 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 various courses in creative writing and composition studies.
Chris’ poetry won the Paumanok Poetry Award and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His literary nonfiction was awarded a national 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, and Pilgrimage. Chris is currently at work on a memoir entitled Pocket Medal Elegy and a collection of flash nonfiction / prose poems entitled Walking with the Fool.
Born and raised in Kentucky, Chris 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, Rhetoric & Composition) from the University of Cincinnati.
A former military officer and combat veteran of the Army, Chris is a lifetime member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans associations. He lives with his wife, two children, and Lab/hound mix in Independence, Kentucky.