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Christopher Buckley Christopher Buckley

Professor Emeritus

Christopher Buckley is a Guggenheim Fellow in poetry for 2007-2008. His most recent book is And the Sea from The Sheep Meadow press in New York. In 2008 his fifteenth book was published: Modern History: Prose Poems 1987-2007 from Tupelo Press. Alcatrez Editions publised Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California which he edited with Gary Young.

Education:

  • 1974-76: MFA University of California Irvine
  • 1972-74: MA San Diego State University
  • 1965-69: BA St. Mary's College of California

Publications:

  • Star Apocrypha, TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern Univ. Press, 2001

Books:

  • Fall From Grace, Bk Mk Press Univ. of Missouri Kansas City, 1998

Poetry:

  • WHITE SHIRT, University of Tampa Press, 2011
  • MODERN HISTORY: Prose Poems 1987-2007, Tupelo Press, 2008
  • FLYING BACKBONE: The Georgia O'Keeffe Poems, Blue Light Press, Fairfield, IA, 2008
  • AND THE SEA, The Sheep Meadow Press, New York, NY, 2006
  • SKY, The Sheep Meadow Press, Riverdale, NY, 2004
  • Closer to Home: Poems of Santa Barbara: 1975-1995, Fountain Mountain Press, Orcutt , CA, 2003
  • Camino Cielo, Orchises Press, Alexandria, VA, 1997
  • A Short History of Light, Painted Hills Press, Davis, CA 1994
  • Dark Matter, Copper Beech Press of Brown University, Providence, R.I. 1993
  • Blue Autumn, Copper Beech Press of Brown University, Providence, R.I., 1990
  • Blossoms & Bones: On the Life and Work of Georgia O'Keeffe, Vanderbilt Univ. Press, 1988
  • Dust Light, Leaves, Vanderbilt University Press, Nashville, TN 1986
  • Other Lives, Ithaca House, Ithaca, N.Y. 1985
  • Blue Hooks In Weather, Moving Parts Press, Santa Cruz, CA 1983
  • Last Rites, Ithaca House, Ithaca, N.Y. 1980

Creative Nonfiction:

  • SLEEP WALK, Eastern Washington University Press, 2006
  • Cruising State: Growing Up In Southern California, Univ. of Nevada Press, 1994

Editor:

  • Aspects of Robinson: Homage to Weldon Kees, The Blackwaters Press, 2011
  • Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems & Poetics from California, Alcatraz Editions, 2008
  • Homage To Vallejo, Alcatraz Editions/Green House Review Press, 2006
  • How Much Earth: An Anthology of Fresno Poets, The Roundhouse Press, 2001 (with David Oliveira & M.L. Williams)
  • The Geography of Home: California's Poetry of Place, HeyDay Books, 1999 (with Gary Young)
  • What Will Suffice: Contemporary American Poets On the Art of Poetry, Peregrine Smith Books, 1995 (with Christopher Merrill)
  • On The Poetry of Philip Levine: Stranger to Nothing--Editor, Univ. of Michigan Press, 1991
  • Against The Blue, Blue Light Press, Fairfield, Iowa 2001 Limited Edition

Chapbooks:

  • 3X3, War Parade Press 2008 Gary Young and Derek McKown
  • Poverty, Q Ave. Press, Lubbock, TX 2008
  • Last Days of the Hot Rod Kids, Blue Light Press, Fairfield, IA 2004
  • The Sudden Sky, Cut Away Books, Winona, MN 2003
  • Cloud Journal, Aureole Press, Toledo, OH 2003
  • Four Summer Paintings, Brandenburg Press, Santa Cruz, CA 2002
  • Greatest Hits, Pudding House Publications, Johnstown, OH 2001
  • Ignis Fatuus, Brandenburg Press, Santa Cruz, CA 1999
  • The Poverty of Clouds, Salmon Run Press, Anchorage, AK 1998
  • Poem About The Soul, Sutton Hoo Press, La Crosse, WI 1997
  • Still Light: 12 Poems from Paintings, Sutton Hoo Press, Colombia, MO 1994
  • Alisos Canyon Contract, Aureole Press, Tuscaloosa, AL 1994
  • Ellis Island Poems, Duende Press, Tuscaloosa, AL 1991
  • Desire, Mockingbird Press, West Chester, PA, 1989
  • Rogation Days, Elan Press, Santa Barbara, CA 1988
  • Five Small Meditations on Summer and Birds, Bieler Press, St. Paul, MN 1984
  • Pentimento, Bieler Press, 1980
  • Looking Up, Greenhouse Review Press, Santa Cruz, CA 1977
  • 6 poems, Calavera Press, Fresno, CA 1975

Critical:

  • Appreciations: Selected Reviews, Views, & Interviews--1975-2000, Mille Grazie Press, Santa Barbara, CA 2,001

Awards:

  • Tampa Review Prize for Poetry, 2009
  • John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in poetry, 2007
  • National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Poetry, 2001
  • Rainer Maria Rilke International Poetry Competition, 1999, finalist
  • Patterson Poetry Prize--Fall From Grace, finalist, 1999
  • Passager Annual Poetry Contest--winning entry, 1998 Passager Poet
  • New Letters Literary Awards--lst Runner Up Poetry, 1998
  • PA System of Higher Education grant in Creative Arts, Fall 1997
  • PA Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant in Poetry, 1994
  • E. Riley Holman Memorial Award in Creativity, West Chester Univ., 1993-94
  • Pushcart Prize XV III, 1993-94
  • Pew Fellowship in the Arts 1992-93 Disciplinary Winner--Poetry
  • The Faculty Merit Award 1991/1992, West Chester University, 1992
  • Vi Gale Award, Hubbub magazine, 1992 -- best poem Vol. IX
  • PA System of Higher Education grant in Creative Arts, Fall 1992
  • Pushcart Prize XVI, 1991-92
  • PA State System of Higher Education grant in Creative Arts, Fall 1991
  • Pushcart Prize XV, 1990--91
  • Artist-in-Residence, Ucross Foundation, Wyoming, August 1990
  • PA State System of Higher Education grant in Creative Arts, Fall 1990
  • The Trustees Achievement Award, 1990-91, West Chester University
  • Research & Publication Grant, Fall 1989, West Chester University
  • Fulbright Award in Creative Writing to Yugoslavia 1989
  • Gertrude B. Claytor Memorial Award, 1988--The Poetry Society of America
  • PA State System of Higher Education grant in Creative Arts, Fall 1988
  • John Atherton Fellow in Poetry, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Summer 1988
  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant in Poetry, 1988
  • Gertrude B. Claytor Memorial Award, 1987--The Poetry Society of America
  • West Chester New Faculty Scholarship Development Award, Spring 1988
  • Writer's Choice Award, November 1985
  • Pushcart Prize X, 1985
  • CISR Research Grant, Murray State University, Summer 1984
  • National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Poetry 1984

Texts, Essays, Anthologies, & Interviews:

  • "Larry Levis"-American Writers, Supplement VIII, Scribner's 2002
  • The Body Electric: America's Best poetry from The American Poetry Review, W.W. Norton, 2,000.
  • "Philip Levine"-American Writers, Supplement V, Scribner's, 2000
  • "The Lost Prose Poems of Larry Levis"--Quarterly West, # 49, Autumn/ Winter 1999/2,000 (essay)
  • The Graceful Lie: A Method for Making Fiction, Ed. M. Petracca, Prentice Hall, 1999--chapter on nonfiction & essay in text.
  • "MFA--The Value of Programs & Teachers," Daybreak, Vol. 2, March 1999--essay.
  • And What Rough Beast: Poems at the End of the Century, Ashland Poetry Press, 1999
  • Verse & Universe: Poems About Science & Mathematics, Kurt Brown, Ed., Milkweed Editions, 1998
  • "Where Can You Go? An Interview with Gary Soto," Quarterly West, No 47, Autumn/Winter 1998-99
  • "A Conversation with Philip Levine," Quarterly West, #43 Autumn/Winter,1996-97
  • The Second Set, Komunyakaa & Feinstein Ed.s, Indiana University Press, 1966
  • The Great Machines: 150 Years of Poetry, Song, and the American Railroad, ed. Robert Hedin, Univ. of Iowa Press, 1996
  • Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond To The Nuclear Age, ed. Bradley, Coffee House Press 1995
  • Bless Me Father, Penguin, eds. Sumrall & Vecchione, 1995
  • Writing Poems, Harper/Collins, eds. Boisseau & Wallace, (poetry in text) 1995
  • Enjoying Literature, Prentice Hall, Lee Jacobs, Ed. (poetry in text) 1995
  • Introduction to The Mercy of Sleep by Sean Thomas Dougherty, BASFAL 1995
  • Introduction To Literature, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, eds. Kirszner/Mandel, (poetry in text) 1994
  • Arcades of Philadelphia The Present: Manuscripts of the 1992-93 PEW
  • Fellowships In The Arts Disciplinary Winners in Poetry, ed. Neff, Rosenbach Museum & Library, (essay, poetry,) 1994
  • Looking For Your Name, Janeczko, Ed., Orchard Books, 1993
  • Poems for a Small Planet, Univ. Press of New England, Eds. Pack & Parini, 1993
  • The First Ten Years, Ucross Foundation Press, Ed. Charles Levendosky, 1992
  • A New Geography of Poets, Univ. of Arkansas Press, 1992
  • Patterns for College Writing, (poetry used in text) St. Martin's, 5th ed., 1992
  • From The Faraway Nearby: Georgia O'Keeffe As Icon , Merrill & Bradbury Ed.s, (poetry & essay) Addison-Wesley Publishers, 1992
  • South Florida Poetry Review, "An Interview With Gary Soto," Spring 1992
  • Judge's Essay--John William Andrews Narrative Poetry Prize. Poet Lore, Vol. 87, No1, Spring 1992
  • The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets & Nature, Peregrine-Smith Books, Spring 1991
  • "What Grace Will Come,"--interview with Tomaz Salamun, Denver Quarterly, Summer 1990
  • The Best of Crazyhorse, University of Arkansas Press, 1990
  • Pequod, "Poems & Painting--Corot and O'Keeffe"--(essay) No. 28/29/30, Spring 1990
  • The Music of What Happens, Orchard Books, New York, 1988
  • PIECEWORK: 19 Fresno Poets, Silver Skates Publishers, Albany, CA 1987 -- 1980; 198l; 1983-84; 1985

Creative Nonfiction:

  • Rivendell, "Wingtip," 2001
  • Santa Monica Review, "My Life in Boxing," 2001
  • Montserrat Review, "Half Notes," 2001, Buckley, p.4
  • River City, "My Lucky Stars--Cosmology, Science, Philosophy, & Cars" 2000
  • River City, "Politics From the '60s"--1999
  • Creative Nonfiction, "History of My Hair" -- 1998
  • Crazyhorse, "Starry Ambition" Fall, 1997
  • Hubbub, "William Stafford," Summer 1996
  • Mala Revija, "In Slovenia, 1989", Chattanooga, TN / Slovenia, Spring 1994
  • Creative Nonfiction, "Work-Ups" Fall 1994
  • The New Press, "Working Grocery," Fall 1994
  • Lowell Review, "Days of Black & White," Summer 1994
  • Cimarron Review, "My Father's Body," spring 1994
  • The Poetry Miscellany, "Something I Could Live With," Summer 1994
  • The Denver Quarterly, "In Montecito," Spring 1994
  • Creative Nonfiction, "Time & Again," Fall 1993
  • Crazyhorse, "Radio Towns," Fall 1992

Creative nonfiction anthologies:

  • Tales of Santa Barbara, John Daniels, Santa Barbara, 1994
  • Sarajevo Anthology, John Babbitt, Elgin Community College, 1993
  • California Childhood, Creative Arts Books, Berkeley, CA 1988

Selected Journals:

  • The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, The Nation, The Hudson Review

Poetry:

  • POETRY, Antaeus, The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, The Georgia Review, The Sewanee Review, The Missouri Review, The Antioch Review, Ironwood, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Seneca Review, New England Review, Southern Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, The North American Review, Northwest Review, Indiana Review, California Quarterly, Quarterly West, Sonora Review, Black Warrior Review, Ontario Review, Pequod, Poetry Miscellany, Hubbub, The Threepenny Review, Bloomsbury Review, Poet Lore, Cimarron Review, New Letters, Colorado Review, TriQuarterly Review, The Journal, Mid-American Review

Criticism/Reviews:

  • "Where We Are" Rev. of Lucien Stryk, Stanley Moss, Robert Hass, Ira Sadoff, Jack Myers, Peter Everwine-American Poetry Review, May/June 2000
  • "Ave Atque Vale" Rev. of William Matthew's After All, Quarterly West, # 49, Autumn/ Winter 1999/2,000
  • "Suffusing The World" Rev. of Stephen Berg's Shaving--Quarterly West, No. 47, Autumn/Winter 1998/99
  • "A Hard Line With The Absolute" Rev. Ralph Burns' Swamp Candles & Mark Jarman's Questions for Ecclesiastes--Quarterly West, No. 45 Autumn/Winter 1997-98
  • "Elegy: Larry Levis--An Appreciation"--Poetry International, Vol. 1, No 1, 1997
  • "Sounds That Could Have Been Singing"-- Charles Simic: Essays On The Poetry, Bruce Weigl, Ed., Univ of MI Press, 1996
  • "Charles Wright's Hymn" -- anthologized in The Point Where All Things Meet, Tom Andrews, Ed., Field Editions, 1995
  • Rev. Against Dreaming by C.G.Hanzlicek, Quarterly West, No 39, Fall 1994
  • "After The Solstice," rev. of Fred Dings' book from Orchises Press, Writers Carousel, Winter 1994
  • "Stories Strong on Drama" rev. of Jane Bradley's Power Lines, Carousel, Vol. 16, No. 5, 1993
  • "Salvage Operations: New & Selected Poems" by Paul Mariani, Quarterly West, Winter 1992-93
  • "Ernesto Trejo"-- monograph, Dictionary of Literary Biography: Chicano Writers Edition, Vol. II 1992
  • "Charles Wright's Hymn" --Poet Lore, Fall 1991, Vol. 86 No 2 Buckley, p.5
  • "Philip Levine's 'Belief' "--South Florida Poetry Review, Vol. 8, No 1 Fall, 1991
  • Rev. Who Will Know Us by Gary Soto and Entering A Life by Ernesto Trejo, Western American Literature, February, 1991
  • Rev. A Dream of A Moral Life by Gary Young, Denver Quarterly, Winter 1991
  • Rev. No Private Life by Michelle Boisseau, Poet Lore, Vol. 85, No 2 Summer 1990
  • "The Myths by Which We Live"-- Rev. of Jon Veinberg's An Owl's Landscape & Lynne McMahon's Faith, The Bloomsbury Review, July/August, 1990
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism Yearbook, #59, 1989, Gale Research Co.,(Rev. "Thomas McGrath's Selected Poems 1938-1988"), 1990
  • "Cherishing A Perilous World"-- Rev. of Sherod Santos' The Southern Reaches. The New Leader, NYC, January 8, 1990
  • "Thomas McGrath's Selected Poems"--Western American Literature, Spring, 1989
  • "Extension of Method and Theme in Philip Levine's Sweet Will"--Crazyhorse, Spring '88
  • "The Rings of Saturn" by Diane Wakoski -- Santa Barbara News Press, March 6, 1987
  • "Selected Poems" by Philip Levine -- Santa Barbara News Press, Feb. 7, 1987
  • "Life Against The Grain"-- Rev. of John Engman's Keeping Still, Mountain--The Greenfield Review, Vol. l2, Numbers 3&4, Fall 1985
  • "From Here To There"-- Rev. of Charles Wright's The Southern Cross-- Telescope, Vol.4, No 1, 1985
  • "A Light In Our Eyes"-- Rev. of Charles Wright's The Other Side of The River-- Bluefish Vol. II, Numbers 3&4 Autumn/Spring 84/85
  • "Unmixed Blessings -- An overview of Greenhouse Review Press and review of new titles by Santos, Clary, Sheehan"--Telescope, Winter '84 Vol.3, No. 1
  • "Glover Davis' August Fires --The Chariton Review Spring 1982
  • "Resonance & Magic" Rev. of Gary Soto's The Tale of Sunlight-- Slow Loris Reader, Fall 1979
  • "Entrance: 4 Chicano Poets"-- Abraxas 21/22, 1979
  • "Keeping In Touch: Gary Soto's The Elements of San Joaquin"-- Abraxas 16/17, 1979
  • "Ernesto Trejo's The Day of Vendors-- The Chowder Review #10, 1978
  • "Invisible City & The Red Hill Press"--Margins # 28/29/30, 1976
  • "Philip Levine's 1933 -- Margins #24/25/26, 1975

Professional Organizations:

  • The Academy of American Poets Associated Writing Programs

Selected Readings:

  • Radio Station KPFK, Los Angeles 1976
  • University of Calif. Berkeley 1979
  • The Intersection, San Francisco 1980
  • Calif. State University Fresno 1981
  • Radio Station KUSP, Santa Cruz 1981
  • Cody's Bookstore, Berkeley 1983
  • Murray State University, KY 1983
  • University of Calif. Santa Barbara 1984
  • University of Missouri, Columbia 1985
  • Poetry Society of America, NYC 1986
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville 1986
  • Rhodes College, Memphis 1986
  • Radio Station KCSB, Santa Barbara 1986
  • San Diego State University, CA 1987
  • Fresno City College, CA 1987
  • Calif. State University, Stanislaus 1987
  • Modesto Community College, CA 1987
  • Murray State University, KY 1987
  • Western Literature Association, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln 1987
  • University of Calif. Santa Barbara 1988
  • Fresno City College 1988
  • Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Summer 1988
  • Meacham Writers' Conference 1988
  • University of Missouri Columbia 1989
  • Vanderbilt University, 1989
  • Fisk University, Nashville, TN 1989
  • Sarajevo Poetry Days, Yugoslavia 1989
  • Meacham Writers' Conference 1989
  • Fresno Poets Assoc. Fresno, CA 1990
  • PEN 22nd International Writers' Meeting
  • Penn State University, Harrisburg 1990
  • Lake Bled, Yugoslavia 1989
  • Morehead State Univ., KY 1990
  • Murray State Univ., KY 1990
  • Meacham Writers' Conference 1990
  • Nicholas Roerich Museum, NYC 1991
  • Kent State University, 1991
  • The Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD 1991
  • Univ of Calif. Riverside 1991
  • Whittier College, California 1991
  • San Diego State Univ., 1991
  • Univ. of Calif. Irvine, 1992
  • Univ. of Alabama Tuscaloosa 1992
  • Meacham Writer's Conference 1992
  • Borders Bookstore, Philadelphia 1992
  • Old Dominion Univ., 1992
  • Northampton Comm. College, Bethlehem, PA 1993
  • Meacham Writers' Conference, 1993
  • Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA 1993
  • Chester County Book Co. 1993
  • The Writers Center, Bethesda, MD 1993
  • Beaver College, PA 1994
  • Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA 1994
  • East Stroudsberg Univ., PA 1994
  • Vilenica '94, Lipica Slovenia 1994
  • Chaucer's Bookstore, Santa Barbara, 1995
  • Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Fresno, CA 1995
  • Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1996
  • Meacham Writers Conference, TN 1996
  • Univ. of Missouri, Columbia 1996
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1996
  • Santa Barbara City College, 1996
  • Geraldine R. Dodge Poetery Festival
  • Penn State University, PA 1997
  • Waterloo, N.J. 1996
  • Univ. of Toledo, 1997
  • National Writers Union, Santa Cruz, 1997
  • The Rose Cafe, Venice, CA 1997
  • Borders Bookstore, Santa Barbara, 1998
  • Eastern OR State College Writers Conf. 1998
  • Riverside Community College, 1998
  • Riverside Public Library 1988
  • KEYT Radio, Santa Barbara 1999
  • Borders Bookstore, Montclair, 1999
  • CSU Sacramento, 1999
  • CSU San Bernardino 1999
  • Borders Bookstore, Santa Barbara 1999
  • Barnes & Nobel, Santa Monica 1999
  • KCPC/NPR radio, Pasadena 1999
  • Santa Barbara News Press Bookfair, 1999
  • Inland Empire Bookfest, Sept; 1999
  • Mt. San Jacinto College, 1999
  • Valley Contemporary Poets 1999
  • CSU Fresno, 1999
  • Da Center for the Arts, Pomona 1999
  • Fresno Poets Assoc, 2,000
  • L.A. Times Book Festival 2000
  • Lompoc Public Library 2000
  • KSPC NPR radio Claremont 2000
  • San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival 2000
  • AWP Conference, Palm Springs 2001
  • National Writers Union, Santa Cruz, 2001
  • L.A.County Museum of Art, 2001
  • Santa Barbara Book Festival, 2001
  • Eastern Oregon University, 2001
  • Reed College, Portland, OR 2001
  • Riverside Public Library, 2001
  • Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, 2001

Related Professional Experience:

  • South Florida Poetry Review -- Guest editor for 1991-1992
  • Pushcart Prize -- Vol. XVII, 1992-93, Poetry Editor for annual Prize Volume.
  • Vanderbilt Univ. Press -- 1987-93, Reviewer for poetry ms. submitted to the press.
  • Poet Lore -- Judge for John William Andrews Poetry Prize, Spring 1992
  • Hubbub -- Judge for the Adrienne Lee Award for poetry Vol. 12, 1995
  • Penn State University -- Judge for the Academy of American Poets Prize or the MFA Program 1996
  • Poetry International -- Associate Editor/National Advisory Board, 1997 to present
  • The California Poetry Series -- Round House Press/HeyDay Books--Advisory Board, 1997 to present
  • Kingsley Tufts & Kate Tufts Poetry Prizes -- Claremont Graduate School, Preliminary Judge, 1997 to 2001
  • Univ. of Arizona Press--poetry ms. reviewer, 1998-99-2000-2001
  • Ohio State University -- Judge for the Academy of American Poetry Prize 2000

Recommendations:

  • Gary Soto
  • Philip Levine
  • Peter Everwine
  • Mark Jarman
  • Sherod Santos
  • William Matthews
  • Mark Ferrer
  • Jay Parini
  • Gerald Stern
  • Diane Wakoski
  • Delbert Wylder
  • Charles Wright