Christina Pugh

Christina Pughhttp://www.uic.edu/depts/engl/people/prof/cpugh/bio.html
Christina Pugh is consulting editor for Poetry and an associate professor in the Program for Writers (the doctoral program in creative writing) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her third book of poems, Grains of the Voice (Northwestern University Press, 2013), draws on the work of Roland Barthes and the sonnet tradition in order to investigate contemporary facets of sound, speech, and song. She is also the author of Restoration (TriQuarterly Books, 2008) and Rotary (Word Press, 2004), as well as the chapbook Gardening at Dusk (Wells College Press, 2002). Her poems have appeared in journals such as the Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and in anthologies such as Poetry 180 (2003).
 
Pugh earned a PhD in comparative literature from Harvard, where she was awarded a Whiting Foundation dissertation fellowship. 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 The Emily Dickinson Journal, Literary Imagination, and The Cambridge Companion to American Poetry Post-1945 (2013), among others. Pugh has also reviewed the work of many contemporary poets and poet-critics in publications such as Poetry, Verse, Ploughshares,and Harvard Review.   
 
Pugh’s honors include the Word Press First Book Prize (for Rotary), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, 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, and the Grolier Poetry Prize. She has been granted residencies at Ragdale, Ucross, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. At the University of Illinois at Chicago, Pugh received a faculty fellowship from the Institute for the Humanities, a Graduate Mentoring Award for outstanding mentoring of graduate students, and a Teaching Recognition Program award.

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    Poets Reginald Gibbons, Rachel Jamison Webster, Christina Pugh, and Ed Roberson are accompanied on piano by Mabel Kwan and Ari Brown. Recorded in April 2011, recording courtesy of WBEZ Chicago Amplified.

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Christina Pugh

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Christina Pugh is consulting editor for Poetry and an associate professor in the Program for Writers (the doctoral program in creative writing) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her third book of poems, Grains of the Voice (Northwestern University Press, 2013), draws on the work of Roland Barthes and the sonnet tradition in order to investigate contemporary facets of sound, speech, and song. She is also the author of . . .

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