Christopher Cokinos

Membership:  2017

Member Bio

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 , , , , Pacific Standard, The Writer’s Chronicle, , The American Scholar, , and . A recent finalist for the Iowa Review poetry prize, he has work forthcoming in . He contributes occasional op-eds to the Los Angeles Times. Cokinos divides his time between Tucson’s Barrio Libre and Logan Canyon, Utah.


  • 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).