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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Christina Pugh  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: in Buffalo, NY

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Pugh lives in Evanston.

Biographical and Professional Information

Christina Pugh is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Consulting Editor for Poetry magazine. She has published numerous critical articles on poetry and poetics.

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Titles At Your Library

Gardening At Dusk

Wells College Press. 2002

Printed on What appears to be Handmade Paper

ISBN: 1932339345

WordTech Communications. 2004

Winner of the 2003 Word Press First Book Prize

Restoration: Poems (Triquarterly)
ISBN: 0810152053

Triquarterly. 2008

Complex and focused, this collection of poems moves along the line between waking and sleeping to reveal a narrator who is contemplating her origins as well as her future. Pugh frequently turns in her work to the image of a bed--as a source of comfort, an erotic landing, and a place for dreaming. For Pugh, dreams both obscure and reveal, their language a code to be analyzed, as in her longer meditation inspired by Freud's case history "Dora." After dipping dangerously far into dreams, Pugh's poems return to a world of activity, full of physicality before becoming calm. At the end of the book, the self is restored and can see the world through a newly formed lens taken from its dreams.

Grains of the Voice: Poems
ISBN: 0810152282

Triquarterly. 2013

Christina Pugh’s Grains of the Voice exhibits a pervasive fascination with sound in all its manifestations. The hu­man voice, musical instruments, the sounds produced by the natural and man-made worlds—all serve at one time or another as both the framework of poems and the occa­sion for their lightning-quick changes of direction, of tone, of point of reference. The poems are eclectic in their al­lusiveness, filled with echoes—and sometimes the words themselves—of other poets, but just as often of songs both popular and obscure, of the noise of pop culture, and of philosophers’ writings. But Pugh always wears her learn­ing lightly. Beneath the jewellike surfaces of her poems is a strenuous investigation of the nature of and need for communication and a celebration of the endless variety of its forms.

ISBN: 1935536885

Four Way Books. 2017

Perception consists of short poems rooted in observed objects. Using metaphoric description as well as association, the poems inhabit the objects or entities that they contemplate―ranging from paintings and shop signs to wallpaper and flower species. These poems are seeking to enact a tenor of attention―the power of singular focus―that is too easily lost in our multitasking age.



  • Word Press First Book Prize, 2003
  • Other Awards and Honors

  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 2015
  • Ucross Foundation Residency Fellowship, 2005
  • Grolier Poetry Prize, 2000
  • Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Poetry Magazine, 2000
  • AWP Intro Journals Award, 2000
  • Whiting Fellowship for the Humanities, 1997-1998
  • Lucille Medwick Memorial Award, Poetry Society of America
  • Individual artist fellowship in poetry, Illinois Arts Council
  • 4-Nominations for the Pushcart Prize

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