is a poet and the co-founder of Unrestricted Interest, a writing program and consultancy for autistic writers. His latest book, The Falling Down Dance, is an exploration of song, failure, love, despair, time, and fatherhood. Chris will be a visiting assistant professor at Carleton College in 2016.
Autism is often depicted in limited terms, as a social deficit. A poet who works with the autistic community learns a valuable lesson about a different way of seeing through an experience with a red-tailed hawk.