Christopher Spaide is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Harvard University, specializing in modern and contemporary English-language poetry. His dissertation, “Lyric Togetherness: Saying ‘We’ in Postwar American Poetry,” asks why so many recent American poets—writing since World War II, since the civil rights and women’s movement, since the space race, since #BlackLivesMatter—have endeavored to speak for a collective instead of as an individual, a “we” instead of an “I,” stretching the lyric’s ground from solitude to solidarity.
His academic writing is forthcoming in Cambridge Quarterly and College Literature, and his essays, reviews, and poems appear or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Chicago Review, Colorado Review, The Common, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Yorker Page-Turner, Poetry, Prelude, Public Books, Slate, and The Yale Review. At Harvard College, Harvard Extension School, the Harvard Pre-College Program, and edX, he designed and taught courses on the history of English-language poetry, contemporary literature, comics, and music. In 2018, he was one of five graduate-student teachers across Harvard to receive the Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates.
He grew up in New York City, studied at Amherst College and as a Keasbey Scholar at the University of Oxford, and earned two degrees in musicology in order to confirm that Warrior is the best Kesha album.