Christina E. Petrides

Poet, Translator

Author's Bio

Born in Texas and raised in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) of Georgia, United States, Christina E. Petrides lived and worked in Washington, DC, 2003-2013 and on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 2017-2023.

Her first children's book, Blueberry Man, was published by Tchaikovsky Family Books in 2020; the Korean and Kindle ebook versions were issued in 2021. Christina's second children's book, The Refrigerator Ghost, was published by Kong Books, Seoul, in Korean translation in March 2022. Her third children's book, Tea Cakes, Quilts, and Sonshine, was issued by Tchaikovsky Family Books in September 2022. 

Scores of Christina's poems have been published in periodicals worldwide. Her first poetry collection, On Unfirm Terrain, was published by Kelsay Books in November 2022.

Christina co-translated Maria Shelyakhovskaya’s Utverzhdenie v liubvi. Istoria odnoi russkoi sem’i: 1872-1981 (St. Petersburg: Zvezda, 2010) [Being Grounded in Love: A History of One Russian Family, 1872-1981], which is forthcoming in 2023 from Slavica Publishers.

Christina is overseeing the illustration of her fourth children's book, with plans to publish in English and in Korean in Fall 2023. She is also writing more poetry, and has begun a Substack to record her adventures.

Publications & Prizes


Christmas Cheerios (Wingless Dreamer, 2022)
In the Garden (Torrey House Press, 2022)
My Unheard September (Wingless Dreamer, 2022)
On Unfirm Terrain (Kelsay Books, 2022)
Active Muse
Adelaide Literary Magazine
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Boned: A Collection of Skeletal Writings
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Coffin Bell
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CP Quarterly
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From Sac
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Garfield Lake Review
Gingerbread House
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Harbinger Asylum
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Hive Avenue
Home Planet News
In Parentheses
Kathmandu Tribune
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Litbop: Art and Literature in the Groove
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Modern Poets Magazine
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Open Minds Quarterly
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Round Table
Sequoia Speaks
Sheepshead Review
South Shore Review
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The Legend
Unbound Brooklyn Journal
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Vita Poetica Journal
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Being Grounded in Love: The History of One Russian Family, 1872-1981 by Maria Shelyakhovskaya, translated from the Russian (Slavica Publishers, 2023)
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Blueberry Man (2020) was selected as June 2022 Book of the Month by the Georgia Farm Bureau (Georgia, USA) as part of their "Ag in the Classroom" initiative. The book was nominated by the Georgia Farm Bureau for the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture's 17th Book of the Year (results to be announced in January 2024).

"The Refrigerator Ghost" (a first draft of the story) was a Finalist in Adelaide Books Children's Literature and Illustration Award 2020 contest.

"Galbi Jjim at Delicious House," an essay about my favorite Korean food at one of my favorite local restaurants, won a Participation Award in the 2nd Korean Food Storytelling Contest held by the Korean Food Promotion Institute, December 2021.

"Life Story" was a Finalist in the Wingless Dreamer Decembré Poetry Contest (November 2021) and was published in the associated anthology.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
James Herriot, Robin McKinley, Benson Bobrick, William Shakespeare, Lewis Grizzard, Fyodor Dostoyevskii, Siddartha Mukherjee, Graham Oakley

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Last update: Aug 27, 2023