Christopher Cokinos is the author of three books of literary nonfiction: Hope Is the Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds (Tarcher/Penguin); The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars (Tarcher/Penguin); and Bodies, of the Holocene (Truman). In 2016, the University of Arizona Press published his co-edited anthology (with Eric Magrane) The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide, which won a Southwest Book of the Year Award. The poet Gabriel Gudding has selected Cokinos's collection The Underneath as winner of the 2016 New American Press Poetry Prize. The collection is forthcoming in 2018.
Cokinos is at work on new poetry and on a nonfiction project now tentatively titled Atlas of the Long Tomorrow: Radical Engineers, A Forgotten Journey and Our Quest for a Better World, which, among other things, will examine the promise and perils of large-scale and divisive environmental technologies, such as geoengineering and synthetic biology. He's received support for this project from the Udall Center for Environmental Policy at the University of Arizona and UCLA's Institute for Environment and Sustainability, where he was a Journalism and Media Fellow. In fall 2017 he will be a fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich.
An Associate Professor English at the University of Arizona, Cokinos is the lead mentor in a science-communication program and is affiliated faculty with the Institute of the Environment and the Global Change program. He's won a Whiting Award, a Glasgow Prize and an N.S.F. Antarctic Visiting Artists and Writers Fellowship, among several prizes. In 2015, he won an Outstanding Mentor of Graduate/Professional Students Award at Arizona.
His poetry, essays, reviews and criticism have appeared in such venues as TYPO, Diagram, Ecotone, Orion, Pacific Standard, The Writer’s Chronicle, Salon, Science and Extrapolation. He contributes semi-regularly to High Country News and the Los Angeles Times.
He divides his time between Tucson's Barrio Libre and Logan Canyon, Utah.