Now from Cheltenham, Christine has also lived in Italy, New York City, Pennsylvania, and France. She is a poet, essayist, and novelist, and has worked as a creative writing teacher, workshop leader, and co-founder of a poetry reading series.
Her poems and essays have appeared in various American and British journals including The American Scholar, Orbis, Envoi, Dark Horse, Parabola, and Islands, as well as in anthologies. Among other awards, she has received a 1998 Fellowship in Literature (Poetry) from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her novel, Inscription, won the Eludia Award from Hidden River Arts. (Sowilo Press 2015). Inscription was also a finalist in the VCU First Novelist Award. Her debut poetry collection, Sudden Arabesque, is out now from Oversteps Books.
Christine Whittemore’s poems are a gift. Their observations are delicate and vital, their colours compelling. She is equally alert to words and to the wild world beyond them. Her vision is lucid and profound, her humour wry. This is a deeply enjoyable collection, which seems to end far too soon. Alison Brackenbury.
These are poems of delicate lyricism, exploring the connections between thought and feeling moment by reflective moment. But they are also the work of a quiet dramatist, tuned to the echoing resonance of places across time, and the of poetic intimacy of the scenes and settings in our lives. Jane Draycott
Christine Whittemore’s debut collection is thoughtful, acutely observed and shows a fine control of language. Her precision and deft touch with subtle metaphor brings each poem to invoke, for this reader, ‘this quicker night, this different atmosphere’ (‘Evening in America’). Angela France