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. He is Director of Writing Workshops in Greece: Thessaloniki and Thasos.
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. 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.
- "Confession" The Missouri Review 2012
- "Some Things Along Strada C.A. Rosetti", Parnassus: Poetry in Review via Poetry Daily. 2009.
- "Portrait Detail, with Pear", AGNI 2006
- "Lesvos" Academy of American Poets 2016
- "Driving the Beast." Academy of American Poets 2017
- "Gorgona." Juxtaprose
- 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
- 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
- Kindled Terraces: American Poets in Greece, Truman State University Press, 2004. ISBN 1-931112-37-1
- "Ohio Elegy", Poets against the War, Editors Sam Hamill, Sally Anderson, Thunder's Mouth Press, 2003, ISBN 978-1-56025-539-0
- "Home Thoughts, from Abroad", Under the rock umbrella: contemporary American poets, 1951-1977, Editor William J. Walsh, Mercer University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0-88146-047-6
- Review of Eternity & Oranges in The Literary Review
- Review of Eternity & Oranges at American Microreviews
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.
- 2008 Fulbright Scholar: University of Bucharest
- 2005 Willis Barnstone Translation Prize
- 2006 Helen C. Smith Memorial Prize by the Texas Institute of Letters
- 2001 T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry for After Greece.
- "Christopher Bakken, Department Chair « English | Allegheny College - Meadville, PA". sites.allegheny.edu. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2010-06-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Sewell, David (February 7, 2007). "Goat Funeral". Coldfront Magazine.
- Review of HONEY, OLIVES, OCTOPUS in Wall Street Journal
- Hunting for Octopus and Cooking for Michael Pollan
- "#3 - Christopher Bakken", First Book Interviews, October 13, 2008