His awards include a 2018 Pushcart Prize for his poem “It’s Something People in Love Do” (first published in Sycamore Review), the 2015 Poetry Writing Competition at Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art (judged by Beth Ann Fennelly), and inclusion in the anthology Best New Poets 2014. His poetry has been an honorable mention for the River Styx International Poetry Prize, shortlisted for the Booth Poetry Prize, a semifinalist for the Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize, and a finalist for the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry and the Rattle Poetry Prize.
Born and raised in Bainbridge Township, Ohio, Christopher holds a bachelor’s degree from the Honor’s Tutorial College of Ohio University. He 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.
Christopher also regularly teaches at the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing (2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, and 2017).
He currently lives in Syracuse, NY where he teaches creative writing classes at the Downtown Writer’s Center. He is the Poetry Editor for the online literary magazine decomP.
Christopher’s poems, forthcoming in the 2018 Pushcart Prize Anthology, Meridian, Narrative Magazine, Passages North, North American Review, Southwest Review, Blackbird, The Laurel Review, and Hotel Amerika, have been published recently in journals such as Ploughshares, the Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Indiana Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, The Iowa Review Blog, Sycamore Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Sixth Finch, Phoebe, The Southampton Review, Redivider, River Styx, Rattle, The Journal, DIAGRAM, Cider Press Review, The Greensboro Review, Subtropics, Pool, New South, Witness, Fairy Tale Review, Crab Creek Review, The Pinch, Salt Hill, The Hollins Critic, Slice Magazine, Barrow Street, Ninth Letter, Third Coast, Salamander, Southeast Review, Cream City Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Quarter After Eight, The Minnesota Review, Barrelhouse, Whiskey Island, Paper Darts, Nashville Review, and the anthologies Best New Poets 2014, Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio (Ohio University Press), The Doll Collection (Terrapin Books), Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence (White Pine Press), and Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland (Ice Cube Press).
His creative nonfiction has been published in Passages North, Quarterly, West, Colorado Review and Boulevard.
Articles & Interviews
- Pins & Needle Q & A | Fairy Tale Review
- Where It’s At with Bob Early | Audio Podcast
- Full-Length Interview by Kangsen Feka Wakai | Folio Issue 31
- CNY Books & Authors | Syracuse Post-Standard / Syracuse.com
- Hey, Why’d You Do That? | Great Writers Steal
- 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