"I think of bars filled with smoke, missed bank shots and broken darts, free beer from the end of the bar, a drunk friend you might see later, someone you might never see again." -from "Last to Leave" "In Last to Leave, Christie Grimes two-steps through the heat and seasoning of Texas and embraces rural northern New York in poems that sweat and chuckle, question and speak of resolve. These poems are familiar with salsa and barrooms, classrooms, and warm kitchens. These are rites of passage painted in language lush with flavor and craft. " Georgia A. Popoff Author of Psalter: The Agnostic's Book of Common Curiosities
Christie Grimes teaches writing at SUNY Jefferson. She also hosts the North Country Writers Festival in Watertown, NY, as well as the monthly reading and performance series, First Fridays, in Sackets Harbor, NY.
Her chapbook, Last to Leave, is now available. Her narrative poetry collection will be published by Jane's Boy Press in June 2016.
A former assistant editor at American Short Fiction, Grimes’ stories have been published in journals such as Harpur Palate and Passages North. Christie Grimes is currently at work on a collection of stories and a supernatural thriller set in Sackets Harbor, NY.