Christopher Kennedy’s poetry is funny, deadpan, self-effacing, and revelatory in the way of a man with nothing to lose. Mixing sonnets and prose poems, Kennedy lampoons the absurdities of contemporary American life using ironic fables and surreal parables. Kennedy’s poems also reflect his obsession with the idea of transformation—from the ordinary to the extraordinary, from life to death.
Christopher Kennedy is director of the Syracuse University MFA Program in Creative Writing. He has received writing awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Saltonstall Foundation. This is his third full-length poetry collection.
Christopher Kennedy is the author of Clues from the Animal Kingdom (BOA Editions, 2018) Ennui Prophet (BOA 2011), Encouragement for a Man Falling to His Death (BOA 2007), which received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, Trouble with the Machine (Low Fidelity Press, 2003), and Nietzsche’s Horse (Mitki/Mitki Press, 2001). He is also one of the translators of Light and Heavy Things: Selected Poems of Zeeshan Sahil, (BOA 2013). In 2011, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry. Kennedy is a professor of English in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Syracuse University. He lives in Syracuse NY.