Chris Agee is a poet, essayist, photographer, and editor. He was born in San Francisco on a US Navy hospital ship and grew up in Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. After high school at Phillips Academy Andover and a year in Aix-en-Provence, France, he attended Harvard University and since graduation has lived in Ireland.
His first two collections of poems were In the New Hampshire Woods (The Dedalus Press, 1992) and First Light (The Dedalus Press, 2003). He was editor of Scar on the Stone: Contemporary Poetry from Bosnia (Bloodaxe Books, 1998), Unfinished Ireland: Essays on Hubert Butler (Irish Pages, 2003), and The New North: Contemporary Poetry from Northern Ireland (Wake Forest University Press, 2008). His third collection, Next to Nothing (Salt, 2008), was shortlisted in Britain for the 2009 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, and its sequel, Blue Sandbar Moon (The Irish Pages Press), appeared in 2018. He is the Editor of Irish Pages, and edited Balkan Essays (The Irish Pages Press, 2016), the sixth volume of Hubert Butler’s essays, published simultaneously in Croatian by the Zagreb publishing house Fraktura. He lives in Belfast, and divides his time between Ireland, Scotland and Croatia.