Christine Hume

A photo of Christine Hume


English Language and Literature

612K Pray-Harrold

[email protected]


  • MFA, Columbia University
  • PhD, University of Denver

Interests and Expertise

Christine Hume is the author of a collection of essays, Everything I Never Wanted to Know (Ohio State University Press/Mad Creek/21st Century Essays Series, 2023) and a lyric portrait of girlhood, The Saturation Project (Solid Objects, 2021), as well as three books of poetry, Musca Domestica (Beacon Press, 2000), Alaskaphrenia (New Issues, 2004), and Shot (Counterpath, 2010). She has published a handful of chapbooks, including Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense (Ugly Duckling Press, 2008), A Different Shade for Each Person Reading the Story ([PANK] Books, 2020), and a collaboration with Jeff Clark, Question Like a Face (Image Text Ithaca), a Brooklyn Rail Best Nonfiction Book of 2017.

Together with Anna Maria Hong, she guest edited "Traversals: A Folio on Walking," which gathers 30 writers in print and digital editions, includes an introduction as well as a series of "pedestrian strategies" for writers, in The Hopkins Review (2023). Also as guest-editor, she introduced and curated two special features of American Book Review, on #MeToo (2018) and Girlhood (2021). Her poetry has been widely published and anthologized in such venues as Best American Poetry (Scribner), Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement (Wesleyan UP), Harper’s, and The New Republic. And her sonic work has published, installed and performed in galleries, universities, libraries, on numerous radio programs, and in journals such as The Volta, TextSound, Boston Reivew, Bloomsbury's Beyond Criticism: The Bee, and Women Studies Quarterly.

She has taught workshops and seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia for Summer Literary Seminars and in Lisbon, Portugal for Dzanc Books International Literary Program, and has received residencies from Fundacion Valaparaiso in Spain; Image Text Ithaca in New York, the Wurlizter Foundation in New Mexico; MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire; and the Fine Arts Work Center in Massachusetts. At EMU, she teaches several Academic Service Learning classes, at the undergraduate and graduate level, and has taught collaboratively with Linette Lao (Mixed Media) and Chris Hyndman (Procedural Arts). Her Chromopoetics workshop meets regularly and collaborates with Hyndman's Color Theory class. She also teaches in the College in Prison Program at Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti, the only women's prison in Michigan.



  • Memoir and Auto-Writing
  • Photopoetics
  • The Walk
  • Autotheory
  • The Notebook
  • Text and Image
  • Chromopoetics
  • Essay as Form
  • The Lyric Essay
  • Sound Poetry
  • First Books
  • Documentary Poetics
  • (Re)figuring Voice
  • The Animal and the Machine
  • Transgenre Writing
  • Literature of the Plague
  • Literary Hoaxes and Personae
  • Contemporary Collage
  • Procedural Arts: Poetry and Painting (cross-listed in ART)
  • Collaboration and Community Projects
  • Community Outreach for Creative Writers

Publications and Presentations

  • Everything I Never Wanted to Know (Ohio State University Press/Mad Creek Books, 2023), reviewed in the Los Angles Review of Books
  • The Saturation Project (Solid Objects, 2021), reviewed in The New York Times
  • Shot (Counterpath Press, 2010)
  • Alaskaphrenia (New Issues, 2004), winner of the Green Rose Award and Small Press Traffic’s 2005 Best Book of the Year Award
  • Musca Domestica (Beacon Press, 2000), winner of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize
  • A Different Shade for Each Person Reading the Story (PANK Books, 2020)
  • Question Like a Face (Image Text Ithaca, 2017)
  • Atalanta: an Anatomy (Essay Press, 2016)
  • Ventifacts (Omnidawn, 2012)
  • Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008)