Chrissy Banks was born in the Isle of Man and now lives in Exeter. She is a poet, writer and performer. She also leads poetry workshops & reading groups. Previously she worked in adult education and as a psychodynamic counsellor, supervisor and trainer. With Alasdair Paterson, she co-hosts Exeter's Uncut Poets and has been involved in planning and presenting Exeter Poetry Festival. Chrissy's first pamphlet was Watching the Home Movies from Odyssey Press, followed by Days of Fire and Flood(original plus). In March 2018 she was shortlisted for Indigo Dreams' Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize and in August 2019 The Uninvitedwas published by Indigo Dreams. A new pamphlet, Frank, is forthcoming from the Poetry Business' Smith Doorstop press in May 2021.
Journals in which she has appeared include Agenda, And Other Poems, the Cannon's Mouth, Ink, Sweat & Tears, the Journal, the North, Orbis, the Rialto and Sarasvati.
In 2017 she won second prize in the Wordsworth Trust Best Single Poem prize. She was commended in the Teignmouth Poetry Competition, 2021. Her work has been anthologised many times and she has twice been nominated for the Forward Prize Best Single Poem. Her poem, The Gift , published in Poems Deep and Dangerous and in the Rialto, has been used in exams and specimen papers by Cambridge International Exam Board.