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Christine Hume

Ypsilant, MI


Christine Hume (born 1968) is an American poet and artist. Christine Hume is the author of three books of poetry, Musca Domestica (2000), Alaskaphrenia (2004), and Shot (2010) and three chapbooks, Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense (Ugly Duckling Press, 2008), Ventifacts (Omnidawn Press, 2012), and Hum (Dikembe Press, 2014). She is currently the coordinator of the Creative Writing Program at Eastern Michigan University.

She has published, installed, and performed sonic work in galleries and at conferences such as MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit), Chicago Cultural Center, SPACES Gallery in Cleveland, Centro Nacional de Cultura in Lisbon, Residency College Gallery at University of Michigan, Poetry Off the Page Symposium at University of Arizona, Small Press Fest at University of Colorado, &Now Conference at University of Buffalo, Poetry of Plays at Barnard College; and online at TextSound, Women Studies Quarterly, Requited, InDiget and on numerous radio programs. She has performed and given lectures or workshops on sound poetry at University of Georgia, Boise State University, University of Montana, School of the Art Institute in Chicago, University of Houston, Pomona College, University of Miami, Otis School of Art and Design, and Cooper Colored Mountain Arts Center.

Hume received her BA, MFA, and PhD from Penn State University, Columbia University, and University of Denver, respectively. She has taught at Illinois Wesleyan University, The School of the Art Institute in Chicago and is currently a Professor of English at Eastern Michigan University,where she has worked since 2001. In recent years, Hume has developed an scholarly interest in sound poetry, writing on audio documentary poetics and the work of female sound poets. From 2006-2010 she hosted an internet radio program called Poetry Radio. The internet radio program "Poetry Radio" features contemporary and historic performance arts, sound poetry, audio narratives and collaborations between writers and musicians. The themes of most episodes on the radio show are topical (MLK Day and Valentine's Day have dedicated shows, or the shows explore traditions of cross-pollination between poetry and the musical as well as sound art and performance.

In 2002, she was one of two Americans invited to an international festival, "Days of Poetry and Wine" in Slovenia; in 2006, she taught a poetry workshop in St. Petersburg for Summer Literary Seminars, and in 2012 she taught a writing workshop on the walk in Lisbon for Disquiet: Dzanc Books International Literary Program.

Musca Domestica, Hume's first book of poetry and winner of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize, was published in 2000 by Beacon Press. Her second book, Alaskaphrenia, winner of the Green Rose Award and Small Press Traffic's Best Book of 2004 Award, was published in 2004 by New Issues. Her most recent book, Shot, was published in 2010 by Counterpath Press. Her three chapbooks include Lullaby: Speculations of the First Active Sense (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008), Ventifacts (Omnidawn Books, 2012), and Hum (Dikembe, 2013).

Her prose and criticism have appeared in Harper's, Denver Quarterly, Contemporary Literature, Rain Taxi, Chicago Review, How2, Afgabe, Constant Critic, Womens Studies Quarterly as well as three volumes of a series by Wesleyan University Press, Poets in the 21st Century.

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