• Chip Livingston
  • Chip Livingston

    Faculty Mentor, Nonfiction and Poetry

    Mile-High MFA,

Professional Bio

Chip Livingston is the author of a novel, Owls Don’t Have to Mean Death (Lethe/Tincture Books, 2017); a collection of essays and short stories, Naming Ceremony (Lethe Press, 2014); and two collections of poetry, Museum of False Starts (Gival Press, 2010) and Crow-Blue, Crow-Black (New York Quarterly Books, 2012). His writing has received awards from Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers & Storytellers, Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, the AABB Foundation, and University of Colorado. Chip’s poetry, essays, and short stories have appeared in such journals as Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Mississippi Review, The Writer, and Indian Country Today; in anthologies such as Best New Poets 2005, Best Gay Poets 2008, Best Gay Short Stories 2013, SING: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, Sovereign Erotics, and Stories from the Blue Moon Café Vol. 3-5; as well as on the Poetry Foundation and Academy of American Poets websites. Chip has taught writing at the University of the Virgin Islands, CU-Boulder, Brooklyn College, and the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he is also currently a faculty mentor in nonfiction.

Writing in three genres, Chip is curious about what drives the multidiscipline author as well as what informs the singly focused, and he encourages experimentation with a diverse range of poetics. In poetry, for example, he sees great opportunity in employing tools from lyric, narrative, abstract, formal and hybrid models, as well as reading widely across schools and movements to discover your own fascinations.