ABOUT CHRISTIE: Christie Collins is an American poet based in Cardiff, Wales. She moved to Wales in 2017 from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she taught full-time in the English Department at Louisiana State University in addition to working as a remote editorial assistant for Copper Canyon Press. In Cardiff, she is a doctoral candidate in Creative and Critical Writing at Cardiff University under the supervision of Richard Gwyn and Ailbhe Darcy. As part of her degree program, she also teaches creative writing workshops for the university. Her critical and creative work has been published in or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review Online, Entropy, Cold Mountain Review, Chicago Review of Books, Canyon Voices, Appalachian Heritage, Poetry South, Poetry Wales, Still: The Journal, Wicked Alice, So to Speak, and Reunion: The Dallas Review.Her chapbook titled Along the Diminishing Stretch of Memory was published in 2014 by Dancing Girl Press.
BOOK BY CHRISTIE:
“These poems rant and laugh and grieve. They question and pull and wink. Wonderfully, above all, they have no use for caution. These audacious, incisive poems explore everything from the gut-punch of loss to a sentient teratoma to what it means to have an accent that “will undo this world.” These poems will grab you by the lapels, and if you’re lucky, they won’t let you go. Christie Collins is an electric new voice in poetry.”
“This debut collection is—as the poet writes—“the lover whose song cannot be cured.” These poems gift us with infectious motion, a restless sense of identity that discovers a regenerative spirit by daring to enact psychic destruction. The elegy’s grievous descent becomes a vehicle toward the creation of a vulnerable and sympathetic voice often in tension with various doubles—a cowboy, a cabana boy, a rag doll, a green bell paper, even (Heaven, help us) a teratoma. The pleasing result is a mythmaking that transforms autobiographical energy into shared bond. Collins is a talent to watch.”
POEMS BY CHRISTIE:
“Blue Pill.” The Cardiff Review. January 2019.
“Girl Talk.” The Ekphrastic Review. January 2019.
“Nesting.” The Ekphrastic Review. April 2018.
“Depression.” The Cardiff Review. Summer 2018.
“Letters to the Living: Charles Francis.” Appalachian Heritage. Winter 2018.
“Myth.” Appalachian Heritage. Winter 2018.
“Study of the Infinite.” Appalachian Heritage. Winter 2018.
“Honeybees.” Poetry South. Issue 9. 2017.
“Fetus in Fetu.” Poetry South. Issue 9. 2017.
“Christina’s World.” Poetry South. Issue 9. 2017.
“Pantoum.” Poetry South. Issue 9. 2017.
“Look for Me.” Still: The Journal. Summer 2017.
“Ancestry.” Canyon Voices. Spring 2016.
“Dear Reader, Love Poet.” Canyon Voices. Spring 2016.
“Memorate.” Appalachian Heritage. Summer 2015.
“Mining for Sapphires.” Appalachian Heritage. Summer 2015.
“September 28.”Reunion: The Dallas Review. Fall 2014.
“A Green Bell Pepper Cut Open and Held to the Light.” Still: The Journal. October 2014.
“Glory.” Wicked Alice. Summer 2014.
“Ovarian Teratoma.” Wicked Alice. Summer 2014.
“Confessionalism: A Prelude.” Canyon Voices. Fall 2013.
“Girl Talk.” Canyon Voices. Fall 2013.
“Whole Nine Yards.” So to Speak. Summer 2013.
“Elegy.” Cold Mountain Review. Spring 2013.
“Why Not Write a Poem about Heaven.” Canyon Voices. Spring 2013.
REVIEWS BY CHRISTIE:
“The ‘Lyric of Being’: A Review of Jeremy Hooker’s Ancestral Lines.” Poetry Wales. Summer 2018.
INTERVIEWS BY CHRISTIE: