Christine Klocek-Lim spends most of her time daydreaming—which isn’t much different from what she did as a girl in northeast Pennsylvania, as a college student in Pittsburgh, as a twenty-something technical writer in New York City, and as a young mother in suburban New Jersey. For the past decade or so she’s been dream-surfing in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.

She received the 2009 Ellen La Forge Memorial Prize in poetry. She has one young adult novel, Disintegrate, a sci-fi romance, Who Saw the Deep, and four chapbooks: Ballroom – a love story, Cloud Studies – a sonnet sequence, How to photograph the heart, and The book of small treasures. Her full-length collection, Dark Matter, was published by Aldrich Press in 2015.

Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was a finalist for 3 Quarks Daily’s Prize in Arts & Literature, Black Lawrence Press’ Black River Chapbook Competition, the Kenneth & Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize, as well as a semi-finalist for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, the Sawtooth Poetry Prize, the Philip Levine Prize in Poetry, and for the Brittingham and Pollak Poetry Prizes.

She is editor of Autumn Sky Poetry DAILY (on indefinite hiatus). She worked as an Acquisition Editor for Evernight Teen and Evernight Publishing from 2014 to 2019, and continues to write romance as Erin M. Leaf. Her email is: Christine.Klocek.Lim@gmail.com.



3QD Finalist 2010

  • 2010 – Finalist for 3 Quarks Daily’s Prize in Arts & Literature for poem: How to photograph the heart
  • 2009 – awarded the Ellen La Forge Poetry Prize (previously the Grolier prize) for six of her astronomy poems from her Dark matter manuscript. She was informed that: “. . .your submission was the unanimous choice of our judges. . .”
  • 2009 – Dark matter manuscript – semi-finalist in the Sawtooth Poetry Prize.
  • 2009 – Dark matter manuscript – semi-finalist in the University of Wisconsin Press Poetry Series.
  • 2009 – Dark matter manuscript – semi-finalist in the Philip Levine Prize in Poetry.
  • 2009 – Unmended Daughter – nominated for Best of the Net anthology 2008 by Shit Creek Review.
  • 2009 – Quantum Archives manuscript – semi-finalist in the Black Lawrence Press Black River Chapbook competition.
  • 2006 – Finalist for Nimrod‘s Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry.
  • 2006 – “Commended Award” in the Margaret Reid Contest for Traditional Verse for her poem, ”Tonight I walked into the sunset”. This poem was also featured in MiPOradio’s The Countdown, Episode 15.
  • March 2005 – “Featured Poet-of-the-Quarter” – the Aurorean showcased her work as its  and in 2004 Inside Out, a poetry anthology, featured her photos and poetry.



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