Currently the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Syracuse University, Christopher Kennedy's poetry is funny, deadpan, self-effacing, and revelatory in the way of a man with nothing to lose. Mixing sonnets and prose poems, Kennedy lampoons the absurdities of contemporary American life using ironic fables and surreal parables. Kennedy's poems also reflect his obsession with the idea of transformation--from the ordinary to the extraordinary, from life to death.
Kennedy has published three books of prose poems, Ennui Prophet, Nietzsche's Horse, and Trouble with the Machine. Another poetry collection, Encouragement for a Man Falling to His Death, received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award in 2007. His work has appeared in many print and on-line journals and magazines, including Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, The Threepenny Review, and McSweeney's. Reviewing his latest collection, Ennui Prophet (BOA Editions, 2011), Publisher's Weekly noted, "Hip and inviting, Kennedy's short prose poems rarely fail to entertain . . . . [This book] shows his clear mastery of several prose poem forms, with lyricism, jokiness, non sequiturs, sadness, and even a bit of cultural criticism to boot."
Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program's Edelstein-Keller Visiting Writer Series and the Weisman Museum.