Christian Wiman (born 1966) is an American poet, editor, and academic.
Wiman was born and raised in West Texas.
He graduated from Washington and Lee University.
He has taught at Northwestern University, Stanford University, Lynchburg College in Virginia, and the Prague School of Economics.
His poems, criticism, and personal essays appear widely in such magazines as The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The New York Times Book Review. and The New Yorker.
Clive James describes Wiman’s poems as being “insistent on being read aloud, in a way that so much from America is determined not to be. His rhymes and line-turnovers are all carefully placed to intensify the speech rhythms, making everything dramatic: not shoutingly so, but with a steady voice that tells an ideal story every time.”
Wiman's non-fiction book Ambition and Survival: Becoming a poet  was reviewed by the New York Times Sunday Book Review, which called it "a collection of personal essays and critical prose on a wide range of subjects: reading Paradise Lost in Guatemala, recalling violent episodes from the poet's youth, traveling in Africa with an eccentric father, as well as a series of penetrating essays on poets, poetry, and poetry's place in our lives. The book concludes with a portrait of Wiman's diagnosis with a rare cancer, and a clear-eyed declaration of what it means — for an artist and a person — to have faith in the face of death."
His debut collection of poetry, The Long Home, won the Nicholas Roerich Prize.
- The Long Home. Ashland, OR: Story Line Press, 1998; Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2007.
- Hard Night. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2005.
- Every Riven Thing. New York: Farrar, Straus, 2010.
- Once in the West. New York: Farrar, Straus, 2014.
- Ambition and Survival: Essays. Omaha, NE: Zoo Press, 2004.
- Ambition and Survival: Becoming a poet. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2007.
- My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a modern believer. New York: Farrar, Straus, 2013.
- The Open Door: One hundred poems, one hundred years of "Poetry" magazine (edited with Don Share). Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, 2012.
- Poetry > Masthead
- The New Yorker > June 29, 2009 > Poetry > Five Houses Down by Christian Wiman
- CliveJames.com > Guest Poet > Christian Wiman
- The New York Times Sunday Book Review > October 7, 2007 > A Formal Feeling by Ken Tucker: Review of Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet by Christian Wiman
- The New Yorker > December 6, 2010
- Search results = au:Christian Wiman, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, June 22, 2013.
- Money: A poem"
- "Late Fragment"
- Christian Wiman: Two poems at Harvard Divinity School
- Not Altogether Gone: 7 poems at the Chronicle of Higher Education
- Christian Wiman at CliveJames.com.
- Christian Wiman at the Poetry Foundation
- "My Bright Abyss" at The American Scholar, 2008
- Audio / video
- Audio: The Cortland Review > Issue 32 > Interior by Christian Wiman
- Christian Wiman at YouTube
- Video interview: "Bill Moyers & Company" > February 2012 > "An Interview with poet Christian Wiman"
- Christian Wiman at Amazon.com
- Feature: Image > July 2009 > Artist of the Month: Christian Wiman
- Interview: Bookslut > March 2009 > An Interview with Christian Wiman
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