Caki Wilkinson

Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing
(901) 843-3426

Caki Wilkinson is the author of the poetry collections Circles Where the Head Should Be (UNT Press, 2011), which won the 2010 Vassar Miller Prize, and The Wynona Stone Poems (Persea Books, 2014), which won the 2013 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award. A graduate of Rhodes, she earned her MFA at The Johns Hopkins University and her PhD at the University of Cincinnati. Recent poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review, Yale Review, and CrazyhorseVita 


The Wynona Stone Poems. Persea Books, 2015.







Circles Where the Head Should Be. Denton, TX: University of North Texas Press, 2011.





Recent Poetry Publications

“When We Were Shepherds.” The Nation (forthcoming, 2018).

“Juvenilia” and “Testimony.” The Hopkins Review. (forthcoming, 2018).

“Mansplaining Oracle.” The Yale Review. (forthcoming, 2018).

“Bee Song.” Southern Indiana Review (Fall 2017): 31. Print.

“14 Tennessee Sonnets.” Horsethief (October 2017). Web.

“Juvenilia,” “Landscape with Ptarmigan,” “Portrait of the Artist with Stellar Aberration,”

“Rite Performed with the Aid of High School Boyfriends,” and “Stick Man.” Smartish Pace Issue 23 (2017): 78-81. Print.

“Still Life with Nostalgia.” Still Life with Poem: 100 Natures Mortes in Verse. Chestertown, MD: Literary House Press, 2016: 110-11. Print.
“Nepenthe.” Crazyhorse Issue 85 (Spring 2014): 114.
“Suppositions for Skeptics.” Crazyhorse Issue 85 (Spring 2014): 115.
“Philter.” Yale Review Vol. 102 No. 2 (April 2014): 61.
“Via Negativa (II)” Yale Review Vol. 102 No. 2 (April 2014): 62.
“Via Negativa.” Kenyon Review Vol. 36 No. 1 (Winter 2014): 210.
“Welcome to Pleasant Bluff.” Kenyon Review Vol. 36 No. 1 (Winter 2014): 210-1.



Ph.D., English and Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati, 2011
M.F.A., Poetry, Johns Hopkins University, 2006
B.A., cum laude, English, Phi Beta Kappa, Rhodes College, 2003