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Christopher Cokinos

Prof. Dr. Christopher Cokinos

Carson Fellow


An associate professor English at the University of Arizona, Christopher Cokinos is the author of three books of literary nonfiction, two poetry collections, and an anthology that combines contemporary poetry and prose with a field guide format. He is the lead mentor in a science communication program at Arizona and is affiliated faculty with the Institute of the Environment, and the Global Change program. He has won a Whiting Award, a Glasgow Prize, and an NSF Antarctic Visiting Artists and Writers Fellowship, among several prizes. In 2015, he won an Outstanding Mentor of Graduate/Professional Students Award at Arizona. His poetry, essays, reviews, and criticism have appeared in such venues as TYPO, Diagram, Ecotone, Orion, Pacific Standard, The Writer’s Chronicle, Salon, The American Scholar, Science, and Extrapolation. A recent finalist for the Iowa Review poetry prize, he has work forthcoming in Foundation. He contributes occasional op-eds to the Los Angeles Times. Cokinos divides his time between Tucson’s Barrio Libre and Logan Canyon, Utah.

RCC Research Project: Atlas of the Long Tomorrow: Radical Engineers, a Forgotten Journey, and Our Quest for a Better World

 Lunchtime Colloquium Video - Atlas of the Long Tomorrow

Selected Publications:

  • Hope Is the Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds. New York, NY: Tarcher/Penguin, 2000.
  • The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars. New York, NY: Tarcher/Penguin, 2009.
  • Bodies, of the Holocene. Kirksville, MS: Truman State University Press, 2013.
  • with Eric Magrane. The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide. Tuscon, AZ: Univeristy of Arizona Press, 2016.
  • “The Underneath.” New American Press (forthcoming, 2018).