Teaching 2 Creative Writing Workshops This Spring at The Downtown Writer’s Center in Syracuse NY

I’m thrilled to share the news that I’ll be teaching two eight-week creative writing workshops this spring at The Downtown Writer’s Center in sunny Syracuse, NY — a Monday night workshop on the lyric essay and a Wednesday night poetry workshop focusing on the line. Both classes begin the third week of April (see the class descriptions below). Registration is inexpensive and open to the public. To learn more about The Downtown Writer’s Center, download the spring class schedule, and register for these workshops, visit the Center’s website HERE. Feel free to share with anyone who might be interested!

The Lyric Essay with Christopher Citro. Mondays, 6:00-8:00. 8 weeks, starting April 17. “The lyric essay partakes of the poem in its den­sity and shapeliness, its distillation of ideas and musicality of language. It partakes of the essay in its weight, in its overt desire to engage with facts”(Tall & D’Agata). In this class we’ll explore this exciting hybrid genre, using prompts drawn from our reading to inspire new work.

Listening to the Line with Christopher Citro. Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00. 8 weeks, start­ing April 19. In this workshop, we’ll explore what contemporary poets are doing with the free verse line, how they use line breaks, the tension be­tween the sentence and the line, and more. We’ll use prompts drawn from our readings to inspire us to experiment and grow in our own writing.

Lyric Essay “Each Breeze Began Life Somewhere As a Little Cough” Published Online at Passages North

I’m super excited to share the news that my lyric essay “Each Breeze Began Life Somewhere As a Little Cough” has been published online at Passages North. Since last autumn I’ve been working on a series of lyric essays, one for each of the four classical elements, and this is the first one that I finished. It’s the air essay. As I begin work on the final one (fire) it’s awesome to have the first one meet the light of day. Massive thanks to Willow Grosz, Brandon Hansen, Matthew Gavin Frank, and all the folks at PN! And special thanks to my awesome partner Sarah for allowing me to record her for this essay. 🙂
Read the essay HERE.

I’m teaching at the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing July 16-22, 2017

I’m hot-damn delighted to announce that I’ll be returning again this summer to teach at the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. It’ll be my 5th year, and it just keeps getting better and better! This year’s first week’s faculty includes Alexander Weinstein, Amelia Martens, Britton Shurley, Sequoia Nagamatsu, Kea Wilson, and the second week’s includes Alexander Weinstein, Robert James Russell, Jennifer Tseng, Allegra Hyde, and me! I’ll be teaching 2 poetry seminar classes from July 16-22. Click below to register for both or either weeks, learn about grants, and enter this year’s contest (deadline March 20th). Come join us on the island!

Contest and registration info

“Save the Receipts for a Kind of Diary” in Hayden’s Ferry Review

I’m loop-de-loop thrilled to have received my contributor’s copy of Hayden’s Ferry Review Issue 59 – which includes my poem “Save the Receipts for a Kind of Diary” along with new poetry, fiction, translations, and art by Jenni B. Baker, Helene Cardona, Julie Henson, Gary Soto, Katherine E. Young and so many others. Thanks so much Meghan Kelsey, Cheyenne Black, Susan Nguyen, Dustin Pearson, and the rest of the HFR crew!


I’m Reading in Buffalo NY Tomorrow!

Along with poets Ed Tato and Devon Moore, I’ll be reading my poems tomorrow, Saturday March 4, 2017 at 4pm at Rust Belt Books in Buffalo (415 Grant St, Buffalo, NY 14213-1140).  Admission is free, refreshments will be provided, and the poems will help melt all this March snow. If you’re in the area, swing (or cross-country ski) on by!


“The People Who Live Near Us Are Our Neighbors” Published in Ploughshares

Friends. I’m holding Ploughshares Winter 2016-2017, which includes my poem “The People Who Live Near Us Are Our Neighbors.” It’s not every day a dream comes true. What an honor to share this issue with Beth Ann Fennelly, Beth Bachmann, Anders Carlson-Wee, Tony Hoagland, Dennis Nurkse, Charles Rafferty, Sam Sax, Terese Svoboda, Leila Chatti — the list goes beautifully on. Massive, clasp-handed, doe-eyed thanks to John Taylor, David Weinstein, John Skoyles, Allison Trujillo, Ellen Duffer, and the rest of the good folks at Ploughshares.

3 Prose Poem Collaborations Published online at Pith

The newest issue of Pith just landed, and it includes three of the collaborative prose poems I’ve been writing with Dustin Nightingale — “It Is Very Scary To Close One Eye,” “When a Breeze Slides Up the Hill You’re Waiting On” and “The Way We Slowly Fall Apart” — along with new work by Nava Fader, S. Jane Sloat, Christine Scanlon, Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick, Doug Luman, E.G. Cunningham, Will Cordeiro, and Seth McKelvey. As our full-length book manuscript begins its journey to try to find a publisher, it’s great to have these poems in the world at Kin Press/Pith. Thanks so much Meg Cowen and J. C. Mlozanowski!


Read the poems HERE.

Lyric Essay “Each Breeze Began Life Somewhere As a Little Cough” Accepted at Passages North

Late last summer I started work on a series of lyric essays, each inspired by one of the four classical elements: earth, air, water and fire. As I begin drafting the final one, it’s a massive delight to announce that the first essay, “Each Breeze Began Life Somewhere As a Little Cough” has just been accepted by Passages North as a future online bonus. In a nightmarish national news week(s), I’m very thankful for this.

“Right Like Yellow Along a Banana” in The Laurel Review

It’s a sunny day here in Syracuse – yippee! – and I’ve just received my contributor copies of The Laurel Review issue 49.2, which contains my poem “Right Like Yellow Along a Banana” – a poem about sunlight, among other things. So many great voices in this issue – Bruce Bond, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Maxine Chernoff, Matthew Cooperman, Kristina Marie Darling, Shawn Fawson, Alex Lemon, Michael Robins, Kathleen Rooney, Martha Silano, Tony Trigilio – to name but a few. Thanks so much again Daniel Biegelson, John Gallaher, Luke Rolfes, and the rest of the Laurel Reviewers!