Mr. Christopher Salerno

New Jersey, United States

Member Since: 10/28/2016

Christopher Salerno is the author of four books of poems and the editor of Saturnalia Books. His most recent collection is Sun & Urn, selected by Thomas Lux for the 2016 Georgia Poetry Prize (University of Georgia Press, 2017). Previous books include ATM, (Georgetown Review Poetry Prize), Minimum Heroic (2010 Mississippi Review Poetry Prize), and Whirligig (2006). He is also the author of the chapbooks "Aorta" and "Automatic Teller," the latter of which won the Laurel Review Midwest Chapbook Prize. 

A recipient of the Prairie Schooner Glenna Luschei Award, his poems have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, The Academy of American Poets series, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Fence, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere. A New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellow, Salerno is currently an Associate Professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey where he also teaches in their MFA Program for Creative and Professional Writing. He can be found at









  • "ATM" , Georgetown Review Poetry Prize/Georgetown College Press (2014)
  • "Minimum Heroic" , Mississippi Review Poetry Prize/Mississippi Review Press (2011)
  • "Whirligig" , Spuyten Duyvil Publishing House (2006)
  • "Sun & Urn" , University of Georgia Press (January 15, 2017)


  • New Jersey Council For the Arts Fellowship(2014)
  • Midwest/Laurel Review Chapbook Prize(2014)
  • Georgetown Review Poetry Prize (Book)(2014)
  • Mississippi Review Poetry Prize (Book)(2011)
  • Georgia Poetry Prize(2016)
  • Prairie Schooner Glenna Luschei Award(2017)


  • Associate Professor, English at William Paterson University (September 2010 - )


  • Master of Arts in English from East Carolina University (May 2001)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Bennington College (June 2003)

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