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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Christian Wiman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: 1966 in West Texas


Illinois Connection

Christian Wiman lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Wiman is the editor of Poetry magazine.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Every Riven Thing: Poems
ISBN: 0374150362

Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2010

A vibrant new collection from one of America's most talented young poets

Every Riven Thing is Christian Wiman’s first collection in seven years, and rarely has a book of poetry so borne the stamp of necessity. Whether in stark, haiku-like descriptions of a cancer ward, surrealistic depictions of a social order coming apart, or fluent, defiant outpourings of praise, Wiman pushes his language and forms until they break open, revealing startling new truths within. The poems are joyful and sorrowful at the same time, abrasive and beautiful, densely physical and credibly mystical. They attest to the human hunger to feel existence, even at its most harrowing, and the power of art to make our most intense experiences not only apprehensible but transfiguring.

Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet
ISBN: 1556592604

Copper Canyon Press. 2007

Ambition and Survival Becoming a Poet by Wiman, Christian. Published by Copper Canyon Press,2007, Binding: Paperback

The Long Home
ISBN: 1556592698

Copper Canyon Press. 2007

Winner of the 11th annual Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, "The Long Home" is Christian Wiman's

Hard Night
ISBN: 1556592205

Copper Canyon Press. 2005

Make no mistake: Christian Wiman’s poetic endeavors are ambitious. From the personal lyrics of solitude and loss to “Being Serious,” the long poem that concludes Hard Night, his poems examine emotions clearly, without sentimentality. A profound reverence for form and passion for poetry are evident in these artfully shaped poems that contain and find meaning in the unwieldy and inexplicable. Just as he is doing as the new editor of Poetry, Wiman makes intellectually and emotionally engaged writing accessible to an expanding audience of readers.

Christian Wiman is the author of two books and a widely published essayist and critic. He lives in Chicago, where he is editor of Poetry magazine.