Christopher Bakken

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

Contact Info:
Email: cbakken@allegheny.edu
Phone: (814) 332-4338
Website: www.writingworkshopsingreece.com

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

Courses (SP ’20)
ENGL 206- Writing Poetry
ENGL 302- Forms of Poetry
FS 102.27- Academic Discourse II

Publications:

Books

  • 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.*

Essays

  • Poetry, essays, and translations recently published or forthcoming in The Paris Review, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Southwest Review, The Hudson Review, Orion, Ploughshares,* Agni, The Iowa Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, The Wall Street Journal, Contemporary Poetry ReviewThe Gettysburg Review, Teachers & Writers Magazine, and elsewhere.
  • Anthologies and textbooks: The Eloquent Poem; 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
  •  Stadler Poetry Center, Bucknell University, 2019
  • 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)

Awards

  • Finalist UNT Rilke Prize, 2018
  • 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 & Publications:

Bakken’s poem “Driving the Beast” at Academy of American Poets: https://poets.org/poem/driving-beast

Bakken’s poem “Lesvos” at Academy of American Poet: https://poets.org/poem/lesvos

Bakken’s poem “Goat Theology” at Plume Poetry.  https://plumepoetry.com/19783-2/

Bakken’s poem “Exile in a Thrift Store Landscape” at Blackbird: https://blackbird.vcu.edu/v18n2/poetry/bakken-c/exile-page.shtml?fbclid=IwAR3LcbPSXygLXmHDLX1Rx7jtmShXxiG-EvMrCBoSiKPvblCNQhfl4Xjvrxw

Christopher Bakken discusses his poem “Confession,” at The Missouri Review http://www.missourireview.com/archives/christopher-bakken-confession/

Christopher Bakken’s Honey, Olives, Octopus reviewed in the Wall Street Journal:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887324020504578396493499646144

An Interview with Christopher Bakken at Food Riot:
http://foodriot.com/2013/09/11/hunting-octopus-cooking-michael-pollan-interview-christopher-bakken