Chris Agee (born 18 January 1966 in San Francisco) is a poet, essayist, photographer, editor and publisher living in Ireland. He spends part of each year at his house on the Dalmatian island of Korcula, near Dubrovnik, in Croatia.
Chris Agee grew up in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. During the last three years of secondary school, he attended Phillips Academy Andover, before spending a year of French language study at the Université d’Aix-en-Provence, in the South of France. He then attended Harvard University, where he studied with the poet and translator Robert Fitzgerald, and the Brazilian philosopher Roberto Mangabeira Unger. He took Fitzgerald’s renowned prosody seminar and wrote his senior thesis on W.H. Auden, also under the former’s supervision. Since graduation he has lived in Ireland. For further fully correct and frequently updated details of his life and work, visit his Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Agee .
Since 2007, he has worked full-time as Editor of Irish Pages: A Journal of Contemporary Writing, Ireland’s premier literary journal (which he founded in 2002), as well as in a freelance literary capacity, including as a reviewer for The Irish Times. Between 2013 and 2015, he was the Keith Wright Literary Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, where he remained a Visiting Scholar in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences for two further years. In 2015 he worked with the filmmaker Johnny Gogan on a documentary about the Irish essayist Hubert Butler (1900–1990), entitled Hubert Butler: Witness to the Future and launched in February 2016 at the Dublin International Film Festival (now on Netflix). He edited a sixth volume of Butler’s work, Balkan Essays, published by Irish Pages in 2016. In 2018, he formally founded The Irish Pages Press/Cló An Mhíl Bhuí, which publishes eight titles of poetry and non-fiction per annum (see www.irishpages.org).