Christopher Kondrich is the author of Valuing (University of Georgia Press, 2019), selected by Jericho Brown as a winner of the National Poetry Series, and Contrapuntal (Free Verse Editions, 2013). A winner of The Iowa Review Award for Poetry and The Paris-American Reading Series Prize, his work has received support from the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences and the I-Park Foundation. New poems appear or are forthcoming in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, The Antioch Review, The Believer, Boston Review, Conjunctions, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, Witness, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts and a PhD from the University of Denver. An Associate Editor for 32 Poems, he lives and works in Maryland.
"Utterly strange yet disarmingly intimate, [Christopher Kondrich's] poems lead us into metaphysical uncertainties—'pleats into which an I can slip and fade'—while guiding us, confidently, through unexplored grammars of feeling and conceptualization. What I admire most about this speaker is how funny, tactful, and eminently personable he remains throughout his lyric researches into the periphery and minims of personhood. It brings to mind John Ashbery in his middle period, or maybe late Wallace Stevens. 'There is the history of night,' the voice informs us, 'in each night / I spend here allowing / lowercase sand to spill from me.' I'll look forward to reading what this fractured hourglass of a writer does next."
- Srikanth Reddy
Judge's Citation, The Iowa Review Award for Poetry