Christopher Citro’s first book of poetry, The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy, was published by Steel Toe Books on March 1, 2015.
He won the 2015 Poetry Writing Competition at Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art and has a poem included in Best New Poets 2014.
Born and raised in Bainbridge Township, Ohio, Christopher holds a bachelor’s degree from the Honor’s Tutorial College of Ohio University. He did graduate work at the University of Kansas, and in 2013 received his MFA in poetry at Indiana University where he taught intro and upper level courses in creative writing, composition, and literary publishing and editing.
While at Indiana University he held the Darrell Burton Fellowship in Creative Writing 2006-2007, served as host of The Poets Weave in the NPR station WFIU, Associate Editor for Lyric Poetry Review and an Associate Poetry Editor for Indiana Review.
In 2010, 2011 and 2013, Christopher taught at the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing.
He currently lives in Syracuse, NY, and is the Assistant Poetry Editor for the online journal decomP.
Christopher’s poems, forthcoming in Salt Hill, The Hollins Critic, Another Chicago Magazine and the anthology The Marie Alexander Flash Sequence Anthology, have been published recently in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Subtropics, The Pinch, Barrow Street, Ninth Letter, Third Coast, Salamander, Southeast Review, Cream City Review, Quarter After Eight, The Minnesota Review, Barrelhouse, Whiskey Island, Paper Darts, Nashville Review, and the anthologies Best New Poets 2014, Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio (Ohio University Press) and Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland (Ice Cube Press).
His creative nonfiction has been published in Colorado Review and Boulevard (forthcoming).
His poems have appeared as broadsides from Architrave Press, Broadsided, and Thrush Press Broadside Series. His poetry has been featured four times on Verse Daily and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times, including a 2014 nomination from Ice Cube Press and a 2013 nomination from the minnesota review. He won the 2006 Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award in Poetry. His flash creative nonfiction has appeared in NANO Fiction and Airplane Reading, and his criticism in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Indiana Review.
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Listing last updated: March 4, 2015