Christopher Locke was born in Laconia, NH but grew up mostly downstate in Exeter where he tried (but failed) to be a badass punk and skateboarding menace. He received his BA from Keene State College and his MFA from Goddard College.
His writing has appeared in such magazines as The North American Review, The Rumpus, The Sun, Poetry East, Poets & Writers, Verse Daily, Southwest Review, Slice, The Literary Review, Islands, West Branch, Parents, Saranac Review, and NPR’s Morning Edition and Ireland’s Radio One, among many others.
Locke’s most recent book is Ordinary Gods, (Salmon Poetry—2017), a collection of poems & essays detailing his 25 years of travel throughout Latin America. His first post-punk/spoken word album, Late Lights, was recently released by Burst & Bloom Records, and a book for children, Heart-Flight, (Cedar Grove Publishing), is forthcoming in 2019.
Chris has received over a dozen grants, fellowships, and awards for his writing including the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Award, the Black River Chapbook Award, state grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and Poetry Fellowships from Fundacion Valparaiso, (Spain) and PARMA (Mexico). He’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize several times.
Chris teaches creative writing online at The Poetry Barn, and in person at North Country Community College in the Adirondacks. He loves summer but autumn even more.