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About Christian Gullette

Christian Gullette is a poet, translator from Swedish to English and PhD candidate in Swedish literature and film at the University of California, Berkeley and he lives in San Francisco.

About Christian Gullette


Christian Gullette received his M.F.A. from the Warren Wilson M.F.A. Program for Writers and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley in Scandinavian literatures and languages. His poetry has been selected as a finalist for the Two Sylvias Chapbook Contest judged by Kaveh Akbar, the Iowa Review Poetry Award and semi-finalist for the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as New England Review, Cimarron Review, Meridian, and Smartish Pace. He also serves as a poetry editor for the Cortland Review.

Christian’s translations from the Swedish include poetry by Jonas Modig in the Colorado Review and Kristofer Folkhammar in Queen Mob’s Tea House. He has also translated books by notable chefs including Roy Fares, United States of Cakes (Skyhorse 2015; Bonnier Fakta 2013), Lisa Lemke, The Summer Table (Sterling 2015; Bonnier Fakta 2011, 2012), Lisa Lemke, The Winter Table (Sterling 2017; Bonnier Fakta 2013, 2015), Elisabeth Johansson, Chocolate (Sterling 2014; Bonnier Fakta 2012), and Mia Öhrn, Macarons, Cupcakes & Cake Pops (Sterling 2013; Natur & Kultur 2011).

Christian’s academic research in Swedish literature and film focuses on intersections of sexuality, gender, race, and neoliberalism spanning 19th century authors such as August Strindberg to his current dissertation work on contemporary Swedish filmmakers and writers such as Jonas Hassan Khemiri and Ruben Östlund. His peer-reviewed article “Are Our Malls Safe? Race and Neoliberalism in Ruben Östlund’s Play” appeared in the Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, and his peer-reviewed article “Plato, Spiritual Marriage, and the Disruptive Potential of Queerness in August Strindberg’s Giftas” is forthcoming in Lambda Nordica.  He is the recipient of the 2015 Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies (SASS) Aurora Borealis Prize for best graduate student presentation: “Plato’s Symposium as a Critical Lens for Interpreting Queerness in Strindberg’s “’Den brottsliga naturen’”.

Christian lives with his husband and their puppy in San Francisco.