Christopher Buckley

Poetry Bootcamp Instructor – Monday June 18

“Help for the Next draft: Where Are You in the Process?”


Keying on what is working, large and small—language, image, strategy and emotional center/theme—the aim of the first day of the workshop is to support the poet in a poem they have already written. Each writer will be asked to submit a poem prior to the workshop (details will come upon registration.)

Chris will assist writers in the drafting process, offering rigorous suggestions for editing and expanding, for re-thinking and re-writing. The underlying concept is that after initial inspiration, writing is about re-writing, and we try to offer a frank and honest assessment of how close the poem is to being complete and successful, and thus be a help especially for those poets who are submitting work to literary journals or who are on the verge of doing so. William Carlos Williams said that a successful poet is one who writes a successful poem!

WHAT: Poetry BootCamp + Activities, Events, Lectures & Meals

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WHEN: June 18-22

COST: $499

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BIO: Christopher Buckley’s Rolling The Bones, won the 2009 Tampa Review Poetry Prize and was published by the Univ. of Tampa Press in April 2010.  WHITE SHIRT was just published by the Univ. of Tampa Press in 2011. Other recent books are MODERN HISTORY: Prose Poems 1987-2007, published by Tupelo Press,FLYING BACKBONE: THE GEORGIA O’KEEFFE POEMS , 2008, Blue Light Press; AND THE SEA, (2006), The Sheep Meadow Press.

In Spring 2013 Stephen F. Austin Univ. Press will bring out his 19th book of poetry,Varieties of Religious Experience. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry for 2007-2008, and received the James Dickey Prize for 2008 from Five Points Magazine. He has been awarded a Fulbright Award in Creative Writing to the former Yugoslavia, four Pushcart Prizes, two awards from the Poetry Society of America, and is the recipient of NEA grants in poetry for 2001 and 1984.  Other awards include the City Works National Writers Award for 2006 from San Diego Community College, and the Kenneth O. Hansen and Vi Gale poetry awards from HUBBUB magazine.

His first book of creative nonfiction, Cruising State: Growing Up In Southern California was published in 1994. A 2nd collection, SLEEP WALK, was published by Eastern Washington Univ. Press, 2006.  In 2001, he published Appreciations: Selected Reviews, Views, & Interviews—1975-2000, Mille Grazie Press.

Buckley is a Contributing Editor to American Poetry Review.  With Gary Young, he is the editor of The Geography of Home: California’s Poetry of Place (Hey Day Books 1999). With David Oliveira and M.L. Williams he is editor of How Much Earth: The Fresno Poets (The Round House Press, 2001). For the Univ. of Michigan Press’ Under Discussion series, he edited The Poetry of Philip Levine: Stranger To Nothing, 1991.  

Recently he has edited the poetry anthologies, Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems & Poetics from California (with Gary Young) Alcatraz Editions, 2008; Homage To Vallejo, Greenhouse Review Press, 2006.  And, with Alexander Long, he edited A CONDITION OF THE SPIRIT: THE LIFE AND WORK OF LARRY LEVIS, Eastern Washington Univ. Press, 2004. The Backwaters Press published Aspects of Robinson: Homage to Weldon Kees, edited with Christopher Howell in January 2011.

Over the last 35 years his poetry has appeared in such literary journals as APR, POETRY, FIELD, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The New Yorker, The Nation, The Hudson Review, The Gettysburg Review, Quarterly WestPrairie Schooner, The Southern Review, Five Points, & New Letters among others.

His creative nonfiction has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Santa Monica Review, River City, Crazyhorse, The Florida Review, The Cimarron Review, and Denver Quarterly.