Christopher P. Collins, received his PhD from the University of Cincinnati. His primary concentration is Literary Nonfiction with a cognate specialization in Rhetoric and Composition. He holds a MFA in Poetry from Murray State University, a M.Ed in Secondary English Education from Xavier University (Ohio), and a BA in English from Thomas More College (Ky). Chris is an Assistant Professor of English at Wilmington College where he directs the Writing Center. He currently is at work on his second book Pocket Medal Elegy, a collection of fourteen personal essays that explore war, faith, family, inheritance, and fatherhood.

Chris is the author of the poetry collection 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). His 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. Chris is also a Senior Editorial Assistant with The Cincinnati Review. His essays and poetry are forthcoming or have been published in Creative Nonfiction, CutBank Literary Journal, Five Points, Terminus Magazine, Pilgrimage, The Heartland Review, and The Licking River Review as well as anthologized in a few books.

A former Captain and twelve-year veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, Chris completed three overseas combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is a Lifetime member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. Chris lives with his wife and his two children in a small, unincorporated section of Kenton County, Kentucky. The family’s Hound/Lab mix, a rescue from a Hazard County kill shelter, loves the area because he can bark at all hours of the day and night.

 “To become whole ourselves we must learn to let the other in, if for no other reason than to stretch our own vision, to take responsibility for the world by giving to it out of our own abundance, to make the world safe by guarding its peoples ourselves.”Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today