Christopher Cokinos

Christopher Cokinos directs the creative writing MFA program at the University of Arizona. He is the author of The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars and Hope Is the Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds, both from Tarcher / Penguin, as well as a lyric essay collection, Bodies, of the Holocene, and a poetry chapbook, Held as Earth. With Eric Magrane, he coedited an anthology of contemporary nature writing, A Literary Field Guide to the Sonoran Desert, forthcoming from the University of Arizona Press in 2016. He is currently an environmental policy fellow at the Udall Center.

The Resurrection of Acraman

On any clear night, under a dark enough sky, we can see shooting stars. We wish upon them, even if we don’t quite know what they are—of course they’re not really stars—and even if we don’t know where they come…

The Dictionary as Field Guide

Jack Stephens nursed the Toyota HiLux pickup truck along the unpaved mountain road above Thule Air Force Base in Greenland. In this austere, rocky expanse, we had just passed, of all things, a traffic sign—a yellow diamond with the black-lettered…