Born in Montreal, Chris Hutchinson is the author of three books of poetry, Unfamiliar Weather (Muses’ Company, 2005), Other People’s Lives (Brick Books, 2009), and A Brief History of the Short-lived (Nightwood Editions, 2012), which was short-listed for Acorn-Plantos Award. His most recent book, Jonas in Frames (Goose Lane Editions / Icehouse Poetry, 2014) has been variously described as a ‘picaresque novel’, a ‘novel in verse’, and ‘an epic poem disguised as a novel’. His poetry and critical prose has appeared in numerous journals across Canada and the US, and in anthologies such as Hammer and Tongs: a Smoking Lung Anthology, Breathing Fire 2, and A Verse Map of Vancouver.
Distinctions include: the Earle Birney Prize for Poetry, the Sonoran Poetry Prize, and the Brazos Bookstore/Academy of American Poets Prize. He has received fellowships and grants from Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, the University of Houston’s Cullen Foundation, and the Inprint Foundation. Professional writing grants have been awarded from the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, and Chris has served as a Peer Assessor for the Canada Council’s Grants to Professional Writers Program in Poetry. Close calls with fame include being a finalist for the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Novella Contest and short-listed for the Acorn-Plantos Award.
He holds an MFA in Poetry from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston.
As an educator, Chris has over ten years of experience teaching Creative Writing (poetry and fiction), English Literature (poetry and fiction), and English Composition in universities and community colleges in Canada and the United States. He has also taught for Writers in the Schools in Houston, TX, and for the Young Adult Writers Program in Tempe, AZ. As an editor, he has interned with Four Way Books, a literary publisher based in New York City, and served as the International Poetry Editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review and as a guest reader for PRISM International‘s editorial board.
Chris is available for readings, workshops, talks, manuscript consultations, and dance parties. Feel free to contact him on the Contact page.