Christie is the founder and editor of Love of Literary and the Craft of Literary Series. Born in Waynesville, North Carolina, and raised in Amory, Mississippi, she has completed degrees at Mississippi University for Women and Mississippi State University and is currently a doctoral student studying Creative Writing at Cardiff University in Wales, U.K. She has worked as a full time instructor at Mississippi State University and Louisiana State University and has served as a volunteer/editorial assistant for Copper Canyon Press since 2013. Her poems have appeared in several literary journals, and her chapbook Along the Diminishing Stretch of Memory was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2014.
BOOKS 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:
“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.