Christopher Citro’s first book of poetry, The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy, has recently been selected for publication by Steel Toe Books and will appear in early 2015.

His poems, forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Subtropics, The Hollins Critic, Barrelhouse, and the anthologies Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio, The Marie Alexander Flash Sequence Anthology, and Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland, have been published recently in Prairie Schooner, Third Coast, SalamanderSoutheast Review, Cream City Review, Quarter After Eight, The Minnesota Review, Paper Darts, Nashville Review, and elsewhere.

His first full-length creative nonfiction “Go Away and Stay Right Here” has recently been published in Colorado Review.

His poems have been published as broadsides from Architrave Press, Broadsided, and Thrush Press Broadside Series. His poetry has been featured three times on Verse Daily and has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, including 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 will 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.

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