Chris Forhan

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Chris Forhan is the author of the memoir My Father Before Me as well as three books of poetry:  Black Leapt In, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize; The Actual MoonThe Actual Stars, winner of the Morse Poetry Prize and a Washington State Book Award; and Forgive Us OurHappiness, winner of the Bakeless Prize. He is also the author of three chapbooks, Ransack and Dancex, and Crumbs of Bread, and his poems have appeared in PoetryParis ReviewPloughsharesNew England ReviewParnassusGeorgia ReviewField, and other magazines, as well as in The Best American Poetry.  He has won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes and has been a resident at Yaddo and a fellow at Bread Loaf. He was born and raised in Seattle and lives with his wife, the poet Alessandra Lynch, and their two sons, Milo and Oliver, in Indianapolis, where he teaches at Butler University.  More at


My Father Before Me: A Memoir, Scribner

Ransack and Dance: Poems, Silver Birch Press

Poetry in The Paris Review

Poetry in Slate

“A Father’s Suicide Sets a Son Searching” essay in The Daily Beast