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Forhan, Chris

Associate Professor - English


Jordan Hall - 310A
Monday 10:30-1:00, Wednesday 10:30-12:00


Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise
Poetry Writing; Modern and Contemporary Poetry

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)


  • Black Leapt In (Barrow Street, 2009).
  • The Actual Moon, The Actual Stars (Northeastern UP, 2003).
  • Forgive Us Our Happiness (UP New England, 1999).


  • x (Floating Bridge, 2000).
  • Crumbs of Bread (March Street, 1993).

Poems published in anthologies such as The Best American Poetry 2008; The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present; Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry; The Pushcart Prize XXVII and XXXIII; Good Poems: American Places; Hammer and Blaze: A Gathering of Contemporary American Poets; The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology.

Poems published in magazines such as Poetry, Paris Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Parnassus, Antioch Review, Georgia Review.


Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)
Assistant Professor



  • B.A., Washington State University
  • M.A., University of New Hampshire
  • M.F.A., University of Virginia


  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
  • 2010 Best Book of Indiana Award (for Black Leapt In)
  • 2008 Barrow Street Press Poetry Award (for Black Leapt In)
  • 2004 Washington State Book Award (for The Actual Moon, The Actual Stars)
  • 2003 Samuel French Morse Prize (for The Actual Moon, The Actual Stars)
  • Pushcart Prize, 2002 and 2008
  • 1998 Katherine Bakeless Nason Poetry Prize (for Forgive Us Our Happiness)
  • Yaddo Artists' Colony Residencies


Association Memberships (professional/educational)
Association of Writers and Writing Programs

Professional Experience
Before coming to Butler, taught at New Mexico State University and Auburn University and in the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.