Featured Illinois Poet

Although this website's objective is simply to promote the art of poetry, its special focus is the rich bounty of work created by our state's poets past and present. Through features on the work of Illinois poets, the site will highlight the poetic legacy of Illinois and showcase the bevy of fine poets currently writing within the state.

Biographical Note

Christina PughChristina Pugh

Christina Pugh is the author of three books of poems: Grains of the Voice (Northwestern University Press, 2013), Restoration (Northwestern University Press, 2008), and Rotary (Word Press, 2004; winner of the Word Press First Book Prize), in addition to the chapbook Gardening at Dusk (Wells College Press, 2002). Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and other journals, as well as in anthologies such as Poetry 180 (Random House, 2003). She is the recipient of the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, an individual artist fellowship in poetry from the Illinois Arts Council, and the Grolier Poetry Prize, among other honors. Her criticism has appeared in Poetry, Literary Imagination, The Emily Dickinson Journal, and The Cambridge Companion to American Poetry Since 1945, among other publications. She is an associate professor in the Program for Writers (the doctoral program in creative writing) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Consulting Editor for Poetry magazine.

Christina Pugh's Poems

Rotary - HTML
Rotary - Audio


Savior - HTML
Savior - Audio


Twenty-Third - HTML
Twenty-Third - Audio


I And Thou - HTML
I And Thou - Audio

"I And Thou"

Stain - HTML
Stain - Audio


Harrow - HTML
Harrow - Audio


Special Notes:
  • "Rotary" and "Savior" are from Rotary (Word Press 2004; winner of the Word Press First Book Prize)
  • "Twenty-Third" is from Restoration (Northwestern University Press, 2008)
  • "I and Thou," "Stain," and "Harrow" are from Grains of the Voice (Northwestern University Press, 2013)