Born into a military family and constitutionally restless, Christine Hume has lived in over 23 places in the U.S. and Europe. Since 2005, her home is Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she is a professor of English in the interdisciplinary Creative Writing Program at Eastern Michigan University. She earned an M.F.A. from Columbia University in 1993 and a Ph.D. from University of Denver in 2000. Her three books of poetry—Musca Domestica, Alaskaphrenia, and Shot—won the Barnard New Women Poets Prize, The Green Rose Award, SPD’s Best Book of the Year Award. You can find her poems anthologized widely, most recently in Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement (Wesleyan, 2018) and in journals such as The Boston Review, Harper’s Magazine, and The New Republic.
In the last decade, Hume’s creative interests shifted to nonfiction. Her lyric memoir in the form of three interlinked essays, The Saturation Project, will be published by Solid Objects in 2019, and her prose chapbooks include Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008); Ventifacts (Omnidawn, 2012); Atalanta: an Anatomy (Essay Press, 2016); a collaboration with Jeff Clark, Question Like a Face (Image Text Ithaca, 2017), one of Brooklyn Rail’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2017; and Red: A Different Shade for Each Person Reading the Story (PANK Books, 2020).
She has taught visiting workshops on Sound Poetry, The Walk: Artistic Form and Generative Practice, Chromopoetics, Graphic Materialities, and given talks on Publishing, Teaching Poetry, (Re)Figuring Voice, Literary Activism, and Generic Hybridity. She participated in the international festival, “Days of Poetry and Wine” in Slovenia; taught workshops in St. Petersburg for Summer Literary Seminars; and in Lisbon, Portugal for Dzanc Books International Literary Program. She has received residencies from Fundacion Valaparaiso in Spain; the Wurlizter Foundation in Taos, New Mexico; MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire; and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and she was an Image Text Ithaca Fellow in July 2015.
Her critical work is featured in Extending the Document: Source Material and the Lyric Imagination in Contemporary Poetry, ed. David Ray Vance (Wesleyan); Anne Carson: Ecstatic Lyre, ed. Joshua Marie Wilkinson, (University of Michigan Press), Case on the Line, ed. Emily Rosko and Anton Vander Zee, (University of Iowa) Cartographies of the In-between, ed. Peter Cockelbergh (Litteraria Pragensi/ Philosophy Faculty of Charles University, Prague), three volumes of Poets in the 21st Century, ed. Claudia Rankine (Wesleyan UP), as well as American Book Review, Chicago Review, American Poet, Aufgabe, many issues of RainTaxi as well as Fence’s online review column The Constant Critic, and elsewhere.