Christina Pugh

601 South Morgan Street (MC 162)
University Hall, Suite 1914
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312.413.7400
Fax: 312.413.1005
Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor

Christina Pugh’s third book of poems, Grains of the Voice (forthcoming in 2013 from Northwestern University Press), draws on the work of Roland Barthes and the sonnet tradition in order to investigate contemporary facets of sound, speech, and song.   She is also the author of Restoration (Northwestern University Press / TriQuarterly Books, 2008), and Rotary (Word Press, 2004), as well as the chapbook Gardening at Dusk (Wells College Press, 2002).  Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, and other periodicals, and in anthologies such as Poetry 180 (Random House, 2003).   Her honors have included the Word Press First Book Prize (for Rotary), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from Poetry magazine, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, an individual artist fellowship in poetry from the Illinois Arts Council, the Associated Writing Programs’ Intro Journals Award, the Grolier Poetry Prize, residencies at the Ragdale and Ucross Foundations, and a faculty fellowship from the UIC Institute for the Humanities.

Pugh also holds a doctorate in comparative literature and was awarded the Whiting Foundation’s Fellowship for the Humanities for her dissertation at Harvard University.  She continues to publish criticism as well as poetry, with scholarly interests centering on the poetics of ekphrasis, poetic form and meter, the lyric poem as a genre, and manuscript scholarship treating the work of Emily Dickinson.  Her articles have appeared in journals such as The Emily Dickinson Journal and Literary Imagination, with an article on the contemporary lyric forthcoming in The Cambridge Companion to American Poetry Post-1945 (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).  Pugh has also reviewed the work of many contemporary poets and poet-critics in publications such as Poetry, Verse, Ploughshares, and Harvard Review.   She has extensive editorial experience, having worked since 2004 as Poetry magazine’s only Reader.  She also served as the guest poetry editor for Fifth Wednesday journal in the fall of 2011. 

Pugh has taught literature and creative writing at Harvard University, Northwestern University, Emerson College, and the City University of New York.  At UIC, she teaches poetry workshops and literature courses on the graduate and undergraduate levels.  She recently received UIC’s Graduate Mentoring Award, presented by the UIC Graduate College for outstanding mentoring of graduate students, and was Director of Undergraduate Studies in the English Department from 2009-2012.


Grains of the Voice: Poems
Published: April 30, 2013
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Published: October 6, 2008
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Published: June 30, 2004
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