• Lawrence Clayton Poets & Writers Series

    Christine Rhein


    Christine Rhein’s first collection of poetry, Wild Flight (Texas Tech University Press, 2008), won the Walt McDonald First Book Series In Poetry competition. Poet Molly Peacock writes, “Christine Rhein makes a stunning debut in Wild Flight, distinguishing herself immediately with poems of grace and intelligence.” Molly Peacock delights in the fact that Chris Rhein “never merely describes a thing, but persuades us to a point of view that is subtle and sophisticated, sympathetic but challenging, funny and almost warm to the touch with each living moment.” Roger Mitchell says that in Wild Flight, Christine Rhein “walks us artfully through the histories she comes from and those she is witness to in our time. . . . The personal is political in these large-minded poems, and the political personal.” Laura Kasischke declares Wild Flight “a poetry of the highest imagination, and the most energetic intelligence, written by a poet with a keen eye and a large spirit. Her hard look at this life is made beautiful by her art.”

    Christine Rhein’s other honors include the Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize from Michigan Quarterly Review, Pushcart Prize nominations in 2002 and 2007, and inclusion as one of the fifty poets whose poems were recognized in the anthology Best New Poets 2007. Her poems have appeared in many other publications, including The Southern Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Gettysburg Review. Her poem “Tuning” was the featured poem on the Saturday, July 12, 2008, Poetry Daily.

    Christine Rhein grew up in Detroit and nearby Sterling Heights. She has a degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University and worked for fifteen years in the automotive industry before becoming a stay-at-home mother and writer. She now lives in Brighton, Michigan, twenty miles north of Ann Arbor, with her husband and their two sons.

    In a News Release from Texas Tech University Press, Chris Rhein talks about poetry and engineering: “It’s easy to view poetry in stark opposition to engineering. After all, engineers deal with facts and data, while poets draw heavily from creativity and imagination. However, there are similarities between the two endeavors. A poem, like a car, has many features and components, all of which must function together to power the poem and produce the best possible ride for the reader.”

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