christina pugh


Christina Pugh’s fourth book of poems, Perception, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2017.  She is also the author of Grains of the Voice (Northwestern University Press, 2013), Restoration (Northwestern University Press, 2008), and Rotary (Word Press, 2004), in addition to the chapbook Gardening at Dusk (Wells College Press, 2002).   In 2015, she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry to complete her fifth book titled Stardust Media.   She was also awarded a residency fellowship at the Bogliasco Foundation in Liguria, Italy, for the winter of 2016

Pugh’s poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, and other periodicals, and in anthologies such as Poetry 180 (Random House, 2003).   She has received the Word Press First Book Prize (for Rotary), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from Poetry magazine, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, an individual artist fellowship in poetry from the Illinois Arts Council, the Associated Writing Programs’ Intro Journals Award, the Grolier Poetry Prize, residencies at the Ragdale and Ucross Foundations and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a faculty fellowship from the UIC Institute for the Humanities.  

Pugh also holds a doctorate in comparative literature and was awarded a Whiting Foundation Fellowship for the Humanities to complete her dissertation at Harvard University.  She continues to publish criticism as well as poetry, with scholarly interests centering on the poetics of ekphrasis, poetic form and meter, the lyric poem as a genre, and manuscript scholarship treating the work of Emily Dickinson.  Her articles have appeared in journals such as The Emily Dickinson Journal, Literary Imagination, and The Cambridge Companion to American Poetry Since 1945 (Cambridge University Press, 2013).  Pugh has also reviewed the work of many contemporary poets and poet-critics in publications such as Poetry, Verse, Ploughshares, and Harvard Review.   She is Consulting Editor for Poetry magazine, where she has worked in an editorial capacity since 2004.  

Pugh has taught literature and creative writing at Harvard University, Northwestern University, Emerson College, and the College of Staten Island (CUNY).  At UIC, she teaches poetry workshops and literature courses on the graduate and undergraduate levels.  In 2012, she received UIC’s Graduate Mentoring Award, presented by the UIC Graduate College for outstanding mentoring of graduate students; and she was also the recipient of a 2013-2014 UIC Teaching Recognition Award.  


Grains of the Voice - Poems

Grains of the
Voice: Poems

  • Grains of the Voice: Poems
  • Restoration
  • Rotary
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