Christopher Hutchinson

Assistant Professor, English

PhD (Houston)

6-223G, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Chris Hutchinson holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He is the author of three books of poetry, plus his most recent book, Jonas in Frames, which has been variously described as a “picaresque novel,” a “novel in verse” and “an epic poem disguised as a novel.” As an educator, Chris has over ten years of experience teaching Creative Writing, English Literature and English Composition in universities and community colleges across Canada and the United States.

Available to supervise honours or individual study students.

Contemporary poetry, short story, literary fiction, avant-garde poetry, poetics, experimental writing, modernism, postmodernism, post-language, lyric, literary translation, literary criticism, literary theory

Teaching and Research Interests

Chris Hutchinson's newest poetry manuscript unstitches the lyric voice from certain historical assumptions. “We impose our rage for immortality on things” is how Don MacKay succinctly puts it, writing of our darkest tendencies towards appropriation. In the face of this rage for order, authenticity and permanence, Chris seeks to express the ephemeral and fluid nature of our linguistic experiences, and to find new ways through and around the ‘egotistical sublime’ of neoliberal ideology.

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Hutchinson, Chris. Jonas in Frames: An Epic. Goose Lane Editions / icehouse poetry, Fredericton, NB, 2014.

Hutchinson, Chris. A Brief History of the Short-lived. Nightwood Editions, Gibsons, BC, 2012.

Hutchinson, Chris. Other People's Lives. Brick Books, London, ON, 2009.

Hutchinson, Chris. Unfamiliar Weather. J. Gordon Shillingford/Muses' Co., Winnipeg, MB, 2005.


Awards / Grants / Fellowships


  • Arts Abroad Grant, Canada Council for the Arts (2018)
  • The Brazos Bookstore/Academy of American Poets Prize, poets.org (2017)
  • Professional Writers Grant, Canada Council for the Arts (2011)
  • Global Teaching Fellowship, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing (2007)
  • Project Assistance Grant, British Columbia Arts Council (2005)
  • Earle Birney Prize for Poetry, PRISM International (2003)