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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Christina Ericson Lovin  

Pen Name: Christina E Lovin, Christina Lovin

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1949 in Galesburg, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Lovin is a native Illinoisan, having been born and raised in Galesburg, Illinois. She lived briefly in Indiana and Ohio, before moving back to Illinois for twenty-five years, living in Smithfield, Dwight, and for sixteen years, the Peoria area. Although she has lived in places as varied as Maine, North Carolina, and Kentucky (where she now teaches writing at a state university), much of her writing relates to Illinois. Her award-winning sonnet crown, ''Coal Country'', is set in Knox County, where it weaves back and forth from the early to mid-1900s with stories of her mother and grandmother, as well as those of her own. Her first full-length book, ''A Stirring in the Dark'', contains several poems about Illinois and family. Her second full-length book, ''ECHO: Poems'', is steeped in the Midwest (primarily Illinois), and relates to growing up female in the years between WWII and Viet Nam, against a backdrop of the Space Race (thus the title). She was chosen to be the inaugural writer-in-residence at Connemara (North Carolina) the last home of Galesburg native (and fellow Swede) Carl Sandburg. She has also been chosen to be the featured poet for the 2017 Carl Sandburg Festival in Galesburg.

Biographical and Professional Information

A native Mid-Westerner, Christina Lovin was born in Galesburg, Illinois, the hometown of fellow Swedish poet Carl Sandburg, but has lived and worked in states as varied as Indiana, Ohio, Maine, and North Carolina. She now makes her home in Central Kentucky, where she lives with three rescue dogs in a town reminiscent of Mayberry RFD. After having several careers, including minister’s wife, retail shop owner, and VISTA volunteer, she received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree from New England College in 2004. She began teaching college-level writing courses that fall, and is currently a Senior lecturer in the English & Theatre Department at Eastern Kentucky University. Lovin's writing has appeared in over one hundred different literary journals (most recently, ''New Millennium'', ''Hayden’s Ferry Review'', and ''Contrapasso'') and anthologies (''Ghost Fishing'', ''The Doll Collection'', and ''Intimacy: An Anthology''), as well as five volumes of poetry (''Echo'', ''A Stirring in the Dark'', ''Flesh'', ''Little Fires'', and What ''We Burned for Warmth''). She is the recipient of numerous poetry awards, writing residencies, fellowships, and grants, most notably the Al Smith Fellowship from Kentucky Arts Council, Kentucky Foundation for Women, and Elizabeth George Foundation Grant.

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Titles At Your Library

Echo: Poems
ISBN: 1933964804

Bottom Dog Press. 2014

Going beyond Carl Sandburg’s concept of poetry as “an echo, asking a shadow to dance,” this collection, its rhythm encompassing the echo, brings back and sheds new light on the childhood, coming of age, and tough issues of the baby boomer generation. Lovin does the hard work, looking “back at things/to come from a time/not yet arrived” resulting in her flawless dance as the reader’s reward.

―Hilda Downer, author of Sky Under the Roof: Poems


Christina Lovin’s outstanding new collection Echo is wrapped in images of a time when “A Toni and a tube of Fire and Ice, / some typing lessons, and a course in shorthand / could take a girl a long way if she was wise―.” Lovin reveals to her readers that growing up in small town America is more than eating ribbon candy, TV westerns, or lounging on the porch glider. Echo is an impressive work. ―Leah Maines, Author of Beyond the River

ISBN: 1622294858

Finishing Line Press. 2013

A Poetry Chapbook

A Stirring in the Dark
ISBN: 0615708218

Old Seventy Creek Press. 2012

“Christina Lovin is unafraid of the muck and the rot of ditches and cellars in this fearless collection. She is unafraid to follow the dark flow to where things put down roots. It’s where, she understands, things stir and struggle to flower. She sees “the mysterious color of nothing special” and “the darkness full of radiance and resonance.” It’s a meticulous and unswerving vision of great scope. I admire the hunkering down as well as the alertness to the dark shapes’ meanings and “dreadful beauty.” She is an enduring witness. She keeps the faith for us.” Bruce Smith, author of Devotions, Songs for Two Voices, The Other Lover, Mercy Seat, Silver and Information, and The Common Wages.

Little Fires (New Women's Voices, No. 55)
ISBN: 1599242109

Finishing Line Press. 2008

A chapbook of poems by an award-winning poet.

What We Burned for Warmth
ISBN: 159924103X

Finishing Line Press. 2006

A chapbook of poems.



  • First Honorable Mention, Finishing Line Press Chapbook Contest
  • Runner-Up, Concrete Wolf Chapbook Award
  • ECHO

  • Semi-Finalist, Crab Orchard Review Book Award
  • A Stirring in the Dark

  • Semi-Finalist, Perugia Book Award
  • Finalist, Violet Reed Hass Award, Snake Nation Press

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Contact Christina Lovin at or 859-339-3334. The author is available for readings, conferences, workshops. Fees are negotiable.