Christy Wise


San Francisco , CA
California US

Author's Bio

Christy Wise’s chapbook, Tangible Terrain, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in March, 2024. Her poems and essays appear in Red Flag Poetry, Bayou Magazine, Broad River Review, Cathesix Northwest Press and The Dewdrop,among other magazines.

Christy’s poem “Tony’s Cocoon” was a finalist in the Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize. Her essay “Memory Book” was designated a notable essay in Best American Essays of 2010. Her poems are published in anthologies including SPANK the CARP 2022 and Upside Down and From Below, Marin Poetry Center Anthology 2020.

With her mother, Nancy Baker Wise, Christy co-authored A Mouthful of Rivets: Women at Work in World War II, oral histories by women employed in non-traditional jobs during the Second World War. (Jossey-Bass Publishers)

A fourth-generation Californian, Christy cherishes walks along the Pacific Ocean and hikes in Desolation Wilderness.  

Publications & Prizes

Tangible Terrain (Finishing Line Press, 2024)
Journals: , , , ,
Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts
Red Flag Poetry
Prizes won: 


"Goodwill" finalist in 2023 Rash Award in Poetry, Broad River Review

"Tony's Cocoon" finalist in Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize. 


Notable essay, Best American Essays, 2010

Grand prize in literature, National League of American PEN Women, Maryland State Biennial, 2011

Third place, Linda Joy Myers Memoir Prize, Soul-Making Literary Competition, 2009

Honorable mention, adult essay, Larry Neal Writers' Awards, DC Commission on Arts & Humanities, 1998



More Information

Gives readings: 
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Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Seniors, Teenagers
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Born in: 
Greenbrae, CA
Raised in: 
Tiburon, CA
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Last update: Jan 20, 2024