Christopher Watkins


California US

Author's Bio

Christopher Watkins’ poems have appeared or are appearing in The Atlanta Review, The Massachusetts Review, Harpur Palate, Hayden's Ferry Review, and more. His second volume of poetry will be published by Pine Row Press in February 2024. His debut volume, "Short Houses With Wide Porches," was published by Shady Lane Press (a program of The Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence Project). He received his MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from the Stonecoast MFA Program at The University of Southern Maine. Watkins is also an award-winning songwriter with 13 albums released under the name Preacher Boy. His songs have appeared on dozens of albums, as well as in films, TV shows, and commercials. He currently lives in Santa Cruz, CA, and has previously resided in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle, as well as in the west of Ireland.

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Publications & Prizes

In Our Own Words (MW Enterprises, 2006)
In Our Own Words (MW Enterprises, 2003)
Famished (Pine Row Press, 2024)
Short Houses With Wide Porches (Shady Lane Press, 2008)
Atlanta Review
Cathexis Northwest Press
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George Washington Review
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New Note Poetry
Red Rock Review
Skyline Magazine
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Talking River Review
Write Launch

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Baron Wormser, D. Nurkse, Ted Deppe, Tim Seibles, Shara McCallum, Gray Jacobik, Jeffrey Harrison, Robert Lavett Smith, Sharon Olds, William Matthews, Joe Bolton, James Wright, Charles Wright, Han Shan, Hsu Chao, Rainier Maria Rilke, Dylan Thomas, Basho ...
What I'm reading now: 
Ruining The New Road by William Matthews, The Lankavatara Sutra: Translation and Commentary by Red Pine, Mountain Home: The Wilderness Poetry of Ancient China by David Hinton, Book of Blues by Jack Kerouac

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Last update: Jan 21, 2024