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 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 been published in Creative Nonfiction, CutBank Literary Journal, Five Points, and Pilgrimage.
Chris is currently at work on Pocket Medal Elegy, a memoir about his experiences as a combat solider in Afghanistan and Iraq and the struggles he faced seeing the human destruction of war. He is also working on a collection of poetry, Walking with the Fool, a series of spiritually-based prose poems about his 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.
He is Assistant Professor of English at a small college in Southwest Ohio where he teaches courses in composition studies and creative writing.
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 Independence, Kentucky.