John Ashbery writes: "Christian Hawkey's poetry is landscape poetry in the true sense of landscape--not a segment of the Earth's surface posing for its picture, but an open, undetermined space in which all kinds of crazy mental and physical things are going about their business simultaneously. What emerges is a portrait of a medium like the one we live in, with all its unexpectedness. "The Book of Funnels" is one of the strangest and most beautiful first books of poetry I have read in a long time."
Christian Hawkey was raised on Pine Island, Florida. He is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at the Pratt Institute in New York City. In 2000, he co-founded the poetry journal, "jubilat." He lives in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn.