Christine Hume

A photo of Christine Hume


English Language and Literature

612K Pray-Harrold


  • MFA, Columbia University
  • Ph.D., University of Denver

Interests and Expertise

Christine Hume is the author of The Saturation Project (Solid Objects, 2019), a lyric memoir in the form of three interlinked essays, as well as three books of poetry. Her chapbooks include Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008), Ventifacts (Omnidawn, 2012), Atalanta: an Anatomy (Essay Press, 2016) and a text image collaboration with Jeff Clark, Question Like a Face (Image Text Ithaca, 2017).

She writes, writes about and teaches poetry, sound poetry, experimental essays, text and image work and documentary poetics.

Special Interests
  • audio art and sound poetry
  • literary radio
  • experimental essays
  • speculative nonfiction
  • literary activism
  • ekphrasis
  • hybrid genre prose and poetry


  • Text and Image
  • Chromopoetics
  • Essay as Form
  • The Lyric Essay
  • Sound Poetry
  • First Books
  • The Walk
  • (Re)figuring Voice
  • The Animal and the Machine
  • Transgenre Writing
  • Literature of the Plague
  • Literary Hoaxes and Personae
  • Steal this Poem: Contemporary Collage
  • Procedural Arts: Poetry and Painting (cross-listed in ART and team taught with Chris Hyndman)
  • Collaboration and Community Projects
  • Community Outreach for Creative Writers
  • Reading of Literature: Poetry
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Gateway to Creative Writing

Publications and Presentations

  • The Saturation Project (Solid Objects, 2019)
  • 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
  • Question Like a Face (Image Text Ithaca, 2017)
  • Atalanta: an Anatomy (Essay Press, 2016)
  • Hum (Dikembe Press, 2013)
  • Ventifacts (Omnidawn, 2012)
  • Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008)

Christine Hume introduced and edited a special #MeToo feature of American Book Review (Spring 2019). Her poetry has been anthologized widely, most recently in Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement (Wesleyan University Press, 2018). Find her recent essays in Conjunctions, [PANK], The Spectacle, CURA: a Literary Magazine of Art and ActionArchitecture and Culture,and Contemporary Literature, Manner of Being: Writers on Their Mentors, (University of Massachusetts Press). Some of 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 many journals.

She has published, installed and performed sonic work in galleries, at conferences, and at The Volta, Beyond Criticism: The Bee, TextSound, Women Studies Quarterly, Requited, InDiget as well as on numerous radio programs. 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 has been an ITI Fellow at Ithaca College.