Christina Hutchins

Albany , CA
(510) 525-6204

Author's Bio

Christina Hutchins’ Tender the Maker (Utah State University Press, 2015) won the May Swenson Award. Her other books are The Stranger Dissolves (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2011), and the chapbooks, Radiantly We Inhabit the Air (Robin Becker Prize, 2011), and Collecting Light (1999). Her poems appear in Antioch Review, The New Republic, Salmagundi, The Southern Review, The Women’s Review of Books, and elsewhere, and essays on philosophies of creativity in volumes by Ashgate, Columbia, and Fordham . She holds degrees from University of California at Davis, Harvard University, and Graduate Theological Union, has worked as a biochemist and Congregational minister, and now teaches graduate students in Berkeley and offers private poetry instruction. She served as the first Poet Laureate of Albany, CA.

Publications and Prizes

Tender the Maker
(Utah State University Press, 2015)
, The Stranger Dissolves
(Sixteen Rivers Press, 2011)
Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West
(Houghton Mifflin, 2004)
, God, Literature and Process Thought
(Ashgate, 2002)
, Stories From Where We Live: The Pacific Coast
(Milkweed Editions, 2001)
, The Anthology of Monterey Bay Poets
(Chatoyant, 2005)
, What I Want from You: Voices of Eastbay Lesbian Poets
(Raw Art Press, 2006)
, Woman Prayers
(Harper, 2003)
, Alligator Juniper, American Tanka, Americas Review, Antioch Review, Bay Windows, Beloit Poetry Journal, Berkeley Poetry Review, Calyx, Chiron Review, Comstock Review, Cream City Review, Denver Quarterly, Fireweed, Frontiers, Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Iris, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Margin, Missouri Review, Nimrod, North American Review, Paterson Literary Review, Petroglyph, Portland Review, Prairie Schooner, Roanoke Review, Sacred Journey, Salmagundi, Southern Indiana Review, Southern Poetry Review, Southern Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Squaw Review, Sycamore Review, Talking River Review, Tampa Review, The New Republic, Thema, Witness, Women's Review of Books
Collecting Light
(Acacia Books, 1999)
, Radiantly We Inhabit the Air
(Seven Kitchens Press, 2011)
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Christina Hutchins’ awards include the 2015 May Swenson Award of Utah State UP for Tender the Maker and the 2011 Robin Becker Prize for the chapbook, Radiantly We Inhabit the Air. Her first volume, The Stranger Dissolves (2011) was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and Audre Lorde Prize. She has won The Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, National Poetry Review’s Finch Prize, two Deming/Money for Women Awards, the James Phelan Award, and fellowships to Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts, Saratoga, and Summer Literary Seminars, St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Last updated: Mar 15, 2016