THE GRIEF OF A HAPPY LIFE by Christopher Howell

THE GRIEF OF A HAPPY LIFE by Christopher Howell

Frequent contributor Christopher Howell’s new collection, The Grief of a Happy Life, was published this October by The University of Washington Press. Several of the poems published in the collection appeared in the Gettysburg Review, including “A Doll’s House” in the Autumn 2018 issue and “End" in the Summer 2017 issue

The Grief of a Happy Life displays Howell’s immense capacity for elegy, humor, and lyricism as he explores the interplay between happiness and grief. The poems feature a diverse cast of characters, from Kierkegaard to a German submarine.

Lex Runciman remarked, “The Grief of a Happy Life ought to command critical attention at the level of the Pulitzer, the national book award, et cetera—it’s that good . . . Christopher Howell [is] perhaps our finest active poet in the Pacific Northwest, and one of the finest nationally.”

Christopher Howell has received numerous accolades, such as the Washington State Book Award, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Artist Trust, and three Pushcart Prizes. He is the director and principal editor for Lynx House Press and lives in Spokane, Washington, where he teaches in the master of fine arts in creative writing program at Eastern Washington University. The Grief of a Happy Life is his twelfth poetry collection.

About the Gettysburg Review

The Gettysburg Review, published by Gettysburg College, is recognized as one of the country’s premier literary journals. Since its debut in 1988, work by such luminaries as E. L. Doctorow, Rita Dove, James Tate, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Wilbur, and Donald Hall.


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