Christian Collier

Poet

Chattanooga, TN
Tennessee US
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Author's Bio

Christian J. Collier is a Black, Southern writer, arts organizer, and teaching artist who resides in Chattanooga, TN. He is the author of Greater Ghost (Four Way Books, 2024), and the chapbook The Gleaming of the Blade, the 2021 Editors’ Selection from Bull City Press. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in December, North American Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. A 2015 Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellow, he is also the winner of the 2022 Porch Prize in Poetry and the 2020 ProForma Contest from Grist Journal.

Publications & Prizes

Chapbook:
The Gleaming of the Blade (Bull City Press, 2022)
Prizes won: 
  • 2021 – 2021 Frost Place Competition Editors' Selection,
  • 2020 Grist Journal’s ProForma Contest
  • 2020 Winner of Seven Hills Review Poetry Competition
  • 2015 Recipient of The Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship
  • 2012  Winner of The Origami Poetry Project’s micro-chapbook competition.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Yusef Komunyakaa, Anne Sexton, Walter Mosley, John Murillo, Jericho Brown, Sharon Olds, Clive Barker, etc.
What I'm reading now: 
A Fortune for Your Disaster by Hanif Abdurraqib , River Hymns by Tyree Daye

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Black
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
LA
Louisiana
Raised in: 
Chattanooga, TN
Tennessee
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Last update: Oct 18, 2022