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Christopher Santiago

Associate Professor

American Culture and Difference

Chris Santiago is the author of Tula, selected by A. Van Jordan as the winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, and published by Milkweed Editions.

A 2018 McKnight Writing Fellow, his poems, fiction, and criticism have appeared in FIELD, Copper Nickel, Pleiades, and the Asian American Literary Review. He has also received fellowships from Kundiman and the Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, and was a finalist for the 2017 Minnesota Book Award.

He studied creative writing and music at Oberlin College and received his PhD in Creative Writing & Literature from the University of Southern California. In February 2019, Say Home, his collaboration with composer Lembit Beecher and ethnographer Todd Lawrence, received its world premiere by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He teaches courses in creative writing, worldbuilding, and Asian American literature.