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.

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“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.

Book Review: Chantel Acevedo’s THE DISTANT MARVELS

Christopher’s book review of The Distant Marvels from author Chantel Acevedo, appears in The Brooklyn Rail.

From the Europa Editions website: “The story of a lifetime told in the eye of a hurricane. Maria Sirena tells stories. She does it for money—she was a favorite in the cigar factory where she worked as a lettora—and for love, spinning gossamer tales out of her own past for the benefit of friends and family. But now, like a modern-day Scheherazade, she will be asked to tell a story so that eight women can keep both hope and themselves alive.”

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Reading at HiFi Bar

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Excited to be reading alongside some of my favorite writers at the Lyrics, Lit & Liquor reading series hosted by Amanda Miller. I will be reading new material, a brief short story.

Join us at HiFi Bar in the East Village on Tuesday, September 1, at 7 PM.

Readings also by Joseph Salvatore, Scott Hess, Sebastian Briglia, Genevieve Betts, and Amanda Miller. Music by Adeline Hotel.

The Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/682460408520421

Book Review: Stanley Crawford’s TRAVEL NOTES

Christopher’s book review of Travel Notes from author Stanley Crawford, appears in The Brooklyn Rail.

“Originally published in 1967, TRAVEL NOTES is a hallucinogenic dream journey thru the incomparable mind that subsequently brought us Log of the S.S. the Mrs. Unguentine, then dropped off the grid to become a garlic farmer in New Mexico.” –Calamari Press website

Here is the opening of the review:

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