He graduated from Columbia University with an M.F.A., and from University of Houston with a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing. He was a Fulbright Scholar in American Studies at the University of Bucharest in 2008.
His work appeared in Boulevard, Feta Review, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Lyric, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, Paris Review, Parnassus, Raritan, Southwest Review, and Western Humanities Review. His burger recipe won a Food & Wine contest. Recently, his culinary repertoire has expanded to encompass Caribbean and West African influences.
- "Some Things Along Strada C.A. Rosetti", Parnassus: Poetry in Review via Poetry Daily. 2009.
- "Portrait Detail, with Pear", AGNI 2006
- Goat Funeral Sheep Meadow Press, 2006, ISBN 978-1-931357-38-8
- After Greece Truman State University Press, 2001, ISBN 978-1-931112-00-0
- Constantine Cavafy
- Wallace Stevens
- Mark Doty
- Phil Collins
- Henri Cole
- Walt Whitman
- The Lions’ Gate: Selected Poems of Titos Patrikios, Translated Christopher Bakken, Roula Konsolaki, Truman State University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-1-931112-64-2
- Kindled Terraces: American Poets in Greece, Truman State University Press, 2004. ISBN 1-931112-37-1
- "Ohio Elegy", Poets against the War, Editors Sam Hamill, Sally Anderson, Thunder's Mouth Press, 2003, ISBN 978-1-56025-539-0
- "Home Thoughts, from Abroad", Under the rock umbrella: contemporary American poets, 1951-1977, Editor William J. Walsh, Mercer University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0-88146-047-6
If Bakken can, in the future, stay put in his resplendent Hellenic-inflected imagination for a good while, and avoid the art museum and his personal library, he may just write a book with the smell, taste, and texture of ambrosia. Goat Funeral isn’t quite that, but it’s not chopped liver, either.
- "#3 - Christopher Bakken", First Book Interviews, October 13, 2008
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