Christopher Citro’s first book of poetry, The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy, has been selected for publication by Steel Toe Books and will appear in 2015.
His poems, forthcoming in Salt Hill, The Hollins Critic, Another Chicago Magazine and Barrow Street and the anthologies Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio and The Marie Alexander Flash Sequence Anthology and have been published recently in Best New Poets 2014, Prairie Schooner, Subtropics, The Pinch, Ninth Letter, Third Coast, Salamander, Southeast Review, Cream City Review, Quarter After Eight, The Minnesota Review, Barrelhouse, Whiskey Island, Paper Darts, Nashville Review, Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland and elsewhere.
His first full-length creative nonfiction “Go Away and Stay Right Here” has recently been published in Colorado Review. His second full-length creative nonfiction will appear in Boulevard.
His poems have been published as broadsides from Architrave Press, Broadsided, and Thrush Press Broadside Series. His poetry has been featured four times on Verse Daily and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times, including a 2014 nomination from Ice Cube Press and a 2013 nomination from the minnesota review. He won the 2006 Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award in Poetry. Three of his poems will be included in an upcoming anthology of southern Ohio literature, edited by poet Neil Carpathios, Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio (Ohio University Press, fall 2014). Five of his prose poems are forthcoming in the Marie Alexander Flash Sequence Anthology (The Marie Alexander Poetry Series). Two of his poems appear in the forthcoming anthology Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland (Ice Cube Press). His flash creative nonfiction has appeared in NANO Fiction and Airplane Reading, and his criticism in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Indiana Review.
Born and raised in Bainbridge Township, Ohio, Christopher graduated summa cum laude with a BA from the Honors Tutorial College of Ohio University, did graduate work at the University of Kansas, and in 2013 received his MFA in poetry at Indiana University where he taught intro and upper level courses in creative writing, composition, and literary publishing and editing. While at Indiana University he held the Darrell Burton Fellowship in Creative Writing 2006-2007, served as host of The Poets Weave in the NPR station WFIU, Associate Editor for Lyric Poetry Review and an Associate Poetry Editor for Indiana Review. In 2010, 2011 and 2013, Christopher taught at the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. He currently lives in Syracuse, NY, and is the Assistant Poetry Editor for the online journal decomP.
Articles & Interviews
- Five Pressing Questions | Paper Darts
- Adventures with Poet Christopher Citro | 5-9: Working Writers
- Questions of Collaboration | Broadsided
- Ask the Author | Pank Magazine
- Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award in Poetry