Many of Chris Abbate’s poems pay homage to coming of age and family dynamics. His poetry also grapples with questions at the intersection of religion and spirituality. Chris’ debut book of poetry, Talk About God (Main Street Rag, 2017), explores the gray areas; the ragged edges of religious experience. The poet Alice Osborn says, “Every poem in Talk About God reminds you to feel gratitude for the beauty of the present moment and not to forget how you can create a joyous and meaningful life.”
Chris’ poetry has appeared in Chagrin River Review, Blue Heron Review, and Comstock Review, among other journals. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net award, and has received awards in several poetry contests. He has a B.A. in English from Gordon College (Wenham, MA) and an M.A. in English from Southern Connecticut State University. A native of Hartford, CT, Chris resides in Holly Springs, NC with his wife and their papillon, Louis. When he is not writing poetry, he works as a programmer analyst for clinical research and volunteers coaching youth in The First Tee golf program.