“Postcard” in Gravel

Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 9.55.59 AMChristopher’s story Postcard is forthcoming in Gravel, a literary magazine produced by the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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“Astronauts” in The Writers Studio at 30

WS+Anthology+CoverChristopher’s story “Astronauts” appears in the anthology The Writers Studio at 30, which is available to order online. This anthology celebrates 30 years of The Writers Studio, featuring fiction and poetry by current and former students and teachers, as well as works by the advisory board and other distinguished writers who have helped build this prestigious independent literary community. The 500-page anthology includes work from nearly 100 authors.

“The Appointment” in Timber Journal

Christopher’s story “The Appointment” appears in Timber Journal’s new issue Volume 7.1 on the theme of Ruination. If you’re in Denver, CO, join the reading and celebration on Saturday, April 29th 2017 at BookBar. At the event, Christopher’s story will be ready by the wonderful and lovely Manda Manning, co-creator of the travel journal Sisters That Stray. The Facebook invite is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1858022981117051/

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Forthcoming

Christopher’s stories and book reviews appear frequently. A short story named “Postcard” is to appear in the next issue of Gravel.

Pushcart award update: Two stories were nominated for this year’s Pushcart award.

Christopher’s latest novel, set in Marseille, France, is in agent circulation. Along with a previous novel set in Europe, and a short story collection.

As stories are published, and any other updates about Christopher’s writing become available, they’ll be announced here.

“Messages from a Storm” wins Writers @ Work 2016 Fellowship Competition

2016-Fellowship-Winners-2-300x153Christopher’s story “Messages from a Storm” wins the 2016 Writers @ Work Fellowship Competition. His story appears in Quarterly West, and he participated in the 2016 W@W June conference in Utah as this year’s Fiction Fellow. The other 2016 winners are Samatha Deal (Creative Non-Fiction), and Jennifer Sperry Steinorth (Poetry).

“Messages from a Storm” is about an airplane mechanic in Mobile, AL, and his life and events surrounding a lightweight aircraft crash during a hurricane-like storm. The story is available online at Quarterly West, here.

Also see Christopher’s interview on the Writers @ Work website.

PHDrecentphoto-150x150The author Peter Ho Davies was the fiction judge of this year’s fellowship competition. He is the author of the novel The Welsh Girl (2007) and the story collections The Ugliest House in the World (1997) and Equal Love (2000). He wrote this about Christopher’s story:

“Messages from a Storm” is written in a crisp, laconic prose well suited to its steely, feeling protagonist. There’s a great feel for community and place here, for the distinctive details of work, and most of all for character. The main character is exactingly evoked, but secondary figures are also attended to with care, a hallmark of good fiction. And from these characters, understood with such keen emotional intelligence, plot arises with an affecting inevitability.

Writers @ Work, a nationally-known independent writer’s organization, has successfully promoted and supported a creative writing community – locally, regionally and nationally – for thirty one years. While attending W@W events writers can hone their skills and meet to discuss their work with fellow writers, agents, editors and publishers. Learn more about Writers @ Work.

Recently, three finalist stories

GlimmerTrainThe story “Postcard” was a finalist for Glimmer Train’s 2015 Very Short Fiction Award.

The story “Messages From a Storm” was a finalist for Glimmer Train’s 2015 Short Story Award for New Writers.

The story “Suicide Doors” was a finalist in Bayou Magazine’s 2015 Knudsen Fiction Contest.