Christopher Watkins


Author's Bio

Christopher Watkins is the Editorial Director at Lotic. His poems have appeared or are appearing in The Massachusetts Review, Harpur Palate, Hayden's Ferry Review, and more. His debut poetry 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.

Publications & Prizes

In Our Own Words (MW Enterprises, 2006)
In Our Own Words (MW Enterprises, 2003)
Short Houses With Wide Porches (Shady Lane Press, 2008)
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 ...
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: Apr 06, 2023