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).
In addition to the Georgia Poetry Prize, Chris’ poetry won the 2019 Percival Prize in Literature, the 2016 Paumanok Poetry Award, and was recently 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 have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, CutBank Literary Journal, Five Points, and Pilgrimage.
Chris is currently at work on Pocket Medal Elegy, a collection of personal essays about his experiences as a combat solider in Afghanistan and Iraq and the struggles he encountered with the human destruction of war. He is also working on a collection of nonfiction/poetry, Walking with the Fool, a series of spiritually-based micro-essays/prose poems about his multiple pilgrimages to Assisi, Italy, and his encounters with the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, a combat veteran of the 13th century.
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 English & Comparative Literature (Literary Nonfiction, Rhetoric & Composition) from the University of Cincinnati.
Chris teaches part-time at Northern Kentucky University and will be offering creative writing workshops through the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Lexington, KY).
A former military officer and combat veteran of the Army (Reserve), 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 rural Independence, Kentucky.