Dr. Adrienne Christian is a Poet & Writer and Creative Writing Professor. She is the author of two poetry books: Worn (2021), and A Proper Lover (2017). WORN was one of the Rumpus’ Most Anticipated Books of 2021.
Adrienne's poetry has been featured in Hayden's Ferry Review, World Literature Today, American Life in Poetry, and others. Her nonfiction has been featured in, BUST, Next Avenue, phoebe, and more.
In 2020, Adrienne earned her PhD in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska. In 2011, she earned her MFA in English with a concentration in Contemporary Poetics from Pacific University. And in 2001, she earned her BA in English with a concentration in 19th Century British Literature from the University of Michigan. She’s taught at Bennet College, The University of New Haven, and the University of Nebraska.
In 2020, Adrienne was nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. Also in 2020, she won the Common Ground poetry award. In 2016, she was a finalist for the Rita Dove International Poetry Award. In 2007, she won the University of Michigan's Five Under Five Ten Young Alumni Recognition Award.
She is an Associate Editor at Backbone Press.