Christina Pugh

Poet, Critic, Professor

Christina Pugh is a poet and critic.  Her fifth book of poems, Stardust Media, was awarded the Juniper Prize for Poetry and is forthcoming in 2020 from University of Massachusetts Press.  Her other books of poetry include Perception (Four Way Books, 2017), which Chicago Review of Books named one of the top eight poetry books published in 2017; Grains of the Voice (Northwestern University Press, 2013); Restoration (Northwestern University Press, 2008); and Rotary (Word Press, 2004), which was awarded the Word Press First Book Prize.  She is also the author of the chapbook Gardening at Dusk (Wells College Press, 2002).  Pugh’s poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, Yale Review, and other periodicals; they have also appeared in more than ten anthologies, including Poetry 180 (Random House, 2003) and The Eloquent Poem (Persea Books, 2019).  In addition to her own poetry, Pugh has published numerous articles treating the lyric tradition in modern and contemporary poems, the role of graphics and sound in current Emily Dickinson studies, and the poetics of ekphrasis.  Pugh’s articles have appeared in Twentieth Century Literature, The New Dickinson Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2019), The Emily Dickinson Journal, Literary Imagination, Poetry, The Cambridge Companion to Poetry since 1945, and other publications.

Pugh’s work has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry, the Poetry Society of America’s Lucille Medwick Memorial Award (for poetry treating a humanitarian theme),  the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from Poetry magazine, an individual artist fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council, the Grolier Poetry Prize, the Associated Writing Programs’ Intro Journals Award, and a faculty fellowship from the UIC Institute for the Humanities.  She has also been granted residencies at the Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), the Ragdale Foundation, the Ucross Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Pugh holds a doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University, where she was awarded a Whiting Foundation Fellowship for the Humanities.   She is Consulting Editor for Poetry magazine and appears regularly on the Poetry Magazine Podcast, in which the magazine’s editors discuss selected poems in its current issue.  She 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 Program Award.