Welcome!

Christopher KuhlI’m Christopher Kuhl, a poet, and I welcome you to my website. I hope you find it informative and interesting. Please visit my contact page if you would like to send me an e-mail, and you may also leave comments on my blog at the end of each individual post.

Let me tell you a little about myself. I was born in northern New York, although I now reside an hour (depending on the traffic) west of Chicago. I earned a B.A. in philosophy, and a B.Mus. in composition at SUNY Potsdam; an M.M. in composition, as well as an M.M. in music history at Bowling Green State University; and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary arts at Ohio University.

I’ve been writing seriously as a poet since high school, learning my craft from my own efforts and the work of other poets; my mentor was the late Kay Kasberger. She would read my work and respond to it; but she never said, “This is good; this is terrible.” Rather, she would put a red asterisk by the things she liked and talk to me about why. Then she would leave me to revise, study, and write more. This was also the time of Simon and Garfunkel, whose work fascinated me: By studying their lyrics, I learned more about the craft of poetry—for that is truly what Simon’s work is: intelligent, thoughtful, wide-ranging, rich; truly poetry set to music. Kay encouraged me to study song lyrics since they appealed to me, and I did.

By the time I got to college, I was writing daily, learning and practicing my craft; this daily effort continues to this day. Prior to the middle of 2013, I published some poems but not very often. From the middle of 2013 to the present, I have been publishing, on average, one to two poems a month. The content and form of my poetry are wide-ranging, as are the journals that have taken them. For a list of my publishing credits, see my poetry page. You can also read some samples of my published works to gain a sense of who I am as a writer.

Finally, although writing is my life, my being…I have other interests as well. I read widely: poetry to literary fiction to history and philosophy; take art classes (dry media right now); study Hebrew; and work out regularly (I actually like it). And some of what I encounter in the world around me finds its way into my work. (I think that’s probably true of every writer.)

I hope you feel like you know me a little better now; I certainly look forward to meeting you.

Again, welcome to my website!

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Thursday, October 20th at 7:00PM CST:

Christopher Kuhl will be the featured reader at the Culture Stock, located at 43 E Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL 60505

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“Words of the world are the life of the world.” –Wallace Stevens