Christopher Cokinos

Professor of English

Christopher Cokinos is the author of three books of literary nonfiction: Hope Is the Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds; The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars; and Bodies, of the Holocene. In 2016, the University of Arizona Press published his co-edited anthology, The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide, which won a Southwest Book of the Year award. Cokinos’s poetry collection, The Underneath, was awarded the New American Press Poetry Prize. His latest publication is a co-edited anthology called Beyond Earth's Edge: The Poetry of Spaceflight. He is currently working on a book about the Moon. His journalism, essays, poems, critical articles and reviews have appeared in many venues, including The American Scholar, Orion, Ecotone, Sky & Telescope, the Los Angeles Times, The Chariton Review, Foundation, Extrapolation, The Space Review and Science. His work has been featured on National Public Radio, USA Today, Nature, Science, Scientific American, Planetary Radio, The Open Mind and many other places. In addition to teaching in the English Department, Cokinos is the longest-serving mentor of the Carson Scholars program and is passionate about science communication.


  • MFA, Writing, Washington University in St. Louis