An Associate Professor English at the University of Arizona, Cokinos is the lead mentor in a science-communication program and is affiliated faculty with the Institute of the Environment and the Global Change program. He's won a Whiting Award, a Glasgow Prize and an N.S.F. Antarctic Visiting Artists and Writers Fellowship, among several prizes. In 2015, he won an Outstanding Mentor of Graduate/Professional Students Award at Arizona.
His poetry, essays, reviews and criticism have appeared in such venues as TYPO, Diagram, Ecotone, Orion, Pacific Standard, The Writer’s Chronicle, Salon, Science and Extrapolation. He contributes semi-regularly to High Country News and the Los Angeles Times.