Christopher Howell

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Christopher Howell (born August 29, 1945)[1] is an American poet, editor, and educator. He has published nine books of poetry.

Born in Portland, Oregon, Howell served as a journalist for the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He earned a B.S. from Oregon State University in 1968, an M.A. from Portland State University in 1971, and an MFA from the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1973. He also attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.[citation needed]

Starting 1975, Howell served as the director and principal editor for Lynx House Press which awards the Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry. He is also editor of Willow Springs Books, director of the Eastern Washington University Press, and on the faculty of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University.[citation needed]

His daughter, Emma Howell, was an aspiring poet and student at Oberlin College who died at age 20 in June 2001. Her family published her poems posthumously in a volume titled Slim Night of Recognition.[2]

Christopher Howell lives in Spokane, Washington.[citation needed]

Books of poetry[edit]

  • The Crime of Luck
  • Sweet Afton: Poems
  • Sea Change
  • Though Silence: The Ling Wei Poems
  • Memory and Heaven
  • Just Waking
  • Light's Ladder
  • Dreamless and Possible: Poems New and Selected
  • Gaze


Other publications[edit]

Howell's poems have been anthologized (including twice in the Pushcart Anthology) and have appeared in journals, including Harper's, The Hudson Review, The Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest and The Gettysburg Review.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Howell, Christopher". Library of Congress Name Authority File. Library of Congress. March 11, 2009. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Fowler, Yvonne Gay (2007-09-20). "A Poet's Legacy". Oberlin College News & Features. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 

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