Dr Christian Bök

Dr Christian Bök

Meet Christian

Dr Christian Bök is a Fellow in the Royal Society of Canada and lecturer in the School of Creative Arts and Humanities at CDU.

Bök is the author of Eunoia (2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature, which has gone on to win the Griffin Prize for poetic excellence.

Bök is currently working on The Xenotext - a project that requires him to encipher a poem into the genome of a bacterium capable of surviving in any enviornment.


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Areas of teaching

Creative Writing


Literary Studies

Academic supervison

PhD Candidates

Leonie Norrington - Creative Writing (Fiction)

Other Supervision

At the University of Calgary, Christian supervised four PhD dissertations and four MA dissertations to completion. All dissertations passed their examinations successfully — and two of the MA dissertations resulted in the publication of books, one of which went on to win a major award. Christian has also supervised five Honours projects to completion with commendation.

Publications (selected)

The Xenotext (Book 1).
Toronto: Coach House Books, 2015.
Nominated for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry.

Crystallography (Second Revised Edition).
Toronto: Coach House Books, 2003.
Nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (1995).

Toronto: Coach House Books, 2001.
Winner of the Griffin Prize for Poetry (2002)—$40,000 CAN.
Nominated for the ReLit Award in Poetry (2002).
Nominated for the Pearson Canada Reader's Choice Award (2002).
Spent five weeks on the “Bestseller List” in The Globe and Mail.
Cited as one of “The Ten Best Books of the Decade” by National Post.

Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2002.


2009 | SSHRC Research-Creation Grant ($100,100 CAN) for "The Xenotext"


2016 | Induction as Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada.