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Christine Kitano

Associate Professor, Writing
School: School of Humanities and Sciences
Office: Smiddy Hall, Ithaca, NY 14850
Speciality: Creative Writing, 20th-21st Century American Poetry, Asian American Literature

Christine Kitano is the author of two collections of poetry, Birds of Paradise (Lynx House Press) and Sky Country (BOA Editions), which won the Central New York Book Award and was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. She is co-editor of the forthcoming They Rise Like a Wave (Blue Oak Press), an anthology of Asian American women and non-binary poets. In addition to teaching in the Departments of Writing and English at Ithaca College, she serves as Tompkins County Poet Laureate. 


  • Ph.D. English and Creative Writing, Texas Tech University
  • M.F.A. Creative Writing, Syracuse University
  • B.A. Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside


  • 20th-21st century American poetry
  • Poetry writing
  • Asian American literature

COURSES (Writing)

  • WRT 17500: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • WRT 23800: Poetry Writing I
  • WRT 33800: Poetry Writing II
  • WRT 36500: Poetics
  • WRT 41500: Senior Seminar: Post-modern Literature
  • WRT 41500: Senior Seminar: The Poetics of Witness

COURSES (English)

  • ENG 11300: Introduction to Poetry
  • ENG 19414: Introduction to Asian American Literature
  • ENG 38900: Poetry Mash-Up: The Contemporary Lyric and Poetic Tradition

COURSES (First-year)

  • ICSM 10800: Homesick: Finding Home in Multi-Ethnic American Literature 
  • IISP 10500: Exploring the Options


  • Sky Country (BOA Editions, 2017), poetry collection
  • Birds of Paradise (Lynx House Press, 2011), poetry collection
  • Who You? Hawai'i Issei (Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i / University of Hawai'i Press, 2017), oral history collection