Christopher Bakken

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Christopher Bakken (born 1967 in Madison, Wisconsin) an American poet, translator, chef, travel writer, and professor at Allegheny College.[1]

He graduated from Columbia University with an M.F.A. and from University of Houston with a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing. He was a Fulbright Scholar in American Studies at the University of Bucharest in 2008.[2] He is Director of Writing Workshops in Greece: Thessaloniki and Thasos.[3]

His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Wall Street Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, Parnassus, Raritan, Southwest Review, and Western Humanities Review.[4] His first poetry collection, After Greece (2001), was published by Truman State University Press after he won the T. S. Eliot Prize.

His burger recipe won a Food & Wine contest.[5]



  • Eternity & Oranges. Pitt Poetry Series, 2016. ISBN 978-0822964049
  • Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table University of California Press, 2013, ISBN 0520275098
  • Goat Funeral Sheep Meadow Press, 2006, ISBN 978-1-931357-38-8
  • After Greece Truman State University Press, 2001, ISBN 978-1-931112-00-0

Influences/Like Voices

  • Constantine Cavafy
  • Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • James Merrill
  • Yannis Ritsos
  • Walt Whitman


  • The Lions’ Gate: Selected Poems of Titos Patrikios, Translated Christopher Bakken, Roula Konsolaki, Truman State University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-1-931112-64-2



If Bakken can, in the future, stay put in his resplendent Hellenic-inflected imagination for a good while, and avoid the art museum and his personal library, he may just write a book with the smell, taste, and texture of ambrosia. Goat Funeral isn’t quite that, but it’s not chopped liver, either.[6]



  1. ^ "Christopher Bakken, Department Chair «  English | Allegheny College - Meadville, PA". Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2010-06-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  6. ^ Sewell, David (February 7, 2007). "Goat Funeral". Coldfront Magazine.

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