A well-published poet, Christina Hutchins holds degrees from University of California at Davis, Harvard University, and Graduate Theological Union. She has taught masters’ courses in poetry and philosophy at Berkeley’s Pacific School of Religion, and worked as a biochemist and a Congregational (UCC) minister. She has previously published three volumes of poetry, The Stranger Dissolves, Radiantly We Inhabit the Air, and Collecting Light, as well as contributions to several anthologies. Her literary awards include The Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, The National Poetry Review’s Finch Prize, two Barbara Deming Awards, and the James Phelan Poetry Prize. The Stranger Dissolves was a finalist for the Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle awards. Her poems appear in periodicals such as The New Republic, Antioch Review, Salmagundi, Denver Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, and Women’s Review of Books. She lives in Albany, CA, where she serves as the city’s first Poet Laureate.