Christopher Bakken

Title: Frederick F. Seely Professor of English
Department: English
Research Fields of Interest: Creative Writing: Poetry
Degrees: B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison; M.F.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., The University of Houston

Contact Info:
Phone: (814) 332-4338

Office Location: Odd Fellows 220
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 12:30-2:00, Tuesday 9:00-11:00, Thursday 10:00-11:00

Courses (FA ’19)
ENGL 111- Literature and the Arts
ENGL 206- Writing Poetry
ENGL 401- Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop


  • Bakken, Christopher. Eternity & Oranges.  Pitt Poetry Series.  University of Pittsburgh Press. 2016.
  • Bakken, Christopher.  Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table.  University of California Press. 2013.
  • Bakken, Christopher. After Greece. Truman State University Press, 2001.*
  • Bakken, Christopher. Goat Funeral. Sheep Meadow Press, 2006.*
  • Bakken, Christopher. Co-Translator.  The Lions’ Gate: Selected Poems of Titos Patrikios. Truman State University Press, 2006.*


Poetry, essays, and translations recently published or forthcoming in The Paris Review, Literary Imagination, The Gettysburg Review, Southwest Review, The Hudson Review, Ploughshares,* Agni, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. Essays and reviews published or forthcoming in Parnassus: Poetry in Review, The Wall Street Journal, Contemporary Poetry ReviewThe Gettysburg Review, Teachers & Writers Magazine, and elsewhere.

Anthologies and textbooks: New European Poetry (editor for Greece and Cyprus); Kindled Terraces: American Poets in Greece, Under the Rock Umbrella: Contemporary American Poetry from 1951-1977, Structure and Surprise: Engaging Poetic Turns; and Writing Poetry: Creative and Critical Approaches.  

 Selected Conference Papers and Readings

  •  Gilbert Lecture Series. Southern Methodist University. October, 2010
  • PEN World Voices Festival, New York. May, 2009.
  • “The National Undergraduate Literary Magazine: Quality, Visibility, and Stability.” AWP Conference. Chicago. (February, 2009)
  • “Editing the Wide-Scope Anthology: A Panel of New European Poets Editors.” ALTA (American Literary Translators Association) Conference. Minneapolis. (October, 2008)
  • The Writers Union of Romania International Writers’ Festival and Colloquium 2008. Neptun, Romania. (June, 2008)
  • University of Transylvania: Brasov, Romania. (April, 2008)
  • Associated Writing Program conference (reading with John Ashbery & Stanley Moss). New York. (February, 2008)
  • Whittier College (with Bob Hicok and Alan Michael Parker). (March, 2007)
  • “The Ironic Structure.” Panel presentation. Associated Writing Programs Conference. Atlanta. (March, 2007)
  • Oberlin College. Main Street Reading Series. Featured reader. (October, 2005).
  • Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece. A Celebration of After Greece (in Greek translation), with Titos Patrikios, Aliki Barnstone & Roula Konsolaki. (October, 2005)
  • “Rage for Order: How Poetry Confronts Disaster.” International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece. (July, 2003)
  • Middlebury College, Ross Commons Featured Reader. (January, 2003)


  • McGinnis Richie Award for Nonfiction, Essay. Southwest Review. (2011)
  • Texas Institute of Letters | Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Best Book of Poetry for 2006 (for Goat Funeral): Winner. (2007)
  • Texas Institute of Letters | Soeurette Diehl Fraser Award for Best Translation of a Book for 2006 (for The Lions’ Gate): Finalist. (2007)
  • Fulbright Fellowship in American Studies | University of Bucharest, Romania. (2007)
  • Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. (2005)
  • International Writers’ and Translators’ Center of Rhodes: Residency. (2004)
  • The T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry | Truman State University Press. (2001)
  • Chef on a Shoestring |CBS Saturday Morning Early Show. (2001)

Recent Faculty News

Christopher Bakken discusses his poem “Confession,” at The Missouri Review

Christopher Bakken’s Honey, Olives, Octopus reviewed in the Wall Street Journal:

An Interview with Christopher Bakken at Food Riot: