Chris is a past editor of Landfall, has worked in publishing, and was for many years coordinator of the New Zealand International Arts Festival's Writers and Readers Week.
Chris holds an MA in Languages and Literature from Auckland University and an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University. Her first book of poems, Husk, was published by Auckland University Press (AUP) in 2002 and won the Montana Best First Book of Poetry award.
Her second book, Brief Lives (AUP, 2006) inhabits a territory where fiction, biography, prose poetry and essay meet and overlap. It was shortlisted in the biography category of the 2007 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. In 2008 Chris Price was Auckland University Writer in Residence at the Michael King Writers' Centre, and in 2009 she published another poetry collection, The Blind Singer (AUP).
Chris was awarded the 2011 New Zealand Post Mansfield Prize, and travelled to Menton, France to work at the Villa Isola Bella, where Katherine Mansfield lived and wrote in 1919 and 1920. In 2012 she took part in the Transit of Venus Poetry Exchange, in which three German and three New Zealand poets wrote about the experience of viewing the Transit from Tolaga Bay on New Zealand's East Coast, then translated each others' work at Berlin's literaturwerkstatt in October, before presenting it at the Frankfurt Book Fair as part of New Zealand's 2012 Guest of Honour programme. Transit of Venus / Venustransit was published by Victoria University Press in February 2016.
In 2015 she was awarded a residency at the Château Lavigny, Switzerland. A new collection, Beside Herself, was published by AUP in March 2016.