Christopher Salerno (born June 13, 1975) is an American Poet, Editor of Saturnalia Books, and Associate Professor of English at William Paterson University. He is the author of four poetry collections. His most recent book, Sun & Urn, was selected by Thomas Lux for the Georgia Poetry Prize and was published in early 2017 by the University of Georgia Press. ATM, selected by D.A. Powell for the 2013 Georgetown Review Poetry Prize, was published in 2014. His second book, Minimum Heroic, was selected by Dara Wier for the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize in 2010. Other honors include the 2013 Midwest/Laurel Review Prize for a chapbook of poems, Automatic Teller, a Glenna Luschei award from Prairie Schooner, as well as a 2014 NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant. His first book of poems, Whirligig, was published by Spuyten Duyvil Publishing House (NY) in 2006.
His poetry has been published in literary journals and magazines including The New York Times, American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, Guernica, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Conduit, Los Angeles Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Jubilat, The Journal, American Letters and Commentary, Coconut, Octopus, and others. His poems have regularly appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ “Poem-A-Day” series.
Born in Somerville, NJ, Salerno has lived in Cazenovia, NY, Greenville, NC, Raleigh, NC, and Caldwell, NJ. He received his MA from East Carolina University and his MFA from Bennington College in Vermont. He currently resides in Caldwell, NJ and teaches in the creative writing and MFA programs at William Paterson University where he co-founded and co-edits Map Literary, a literary magazine supported by William Paterson University’s English Department.
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