Christine Sneed

Fiction Writer

Pasadena, CA 91106
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Author's Bio

I have a bachelor's degree in French language and literature from Georgetown University and a creative writing MFA from Indiana University. I teach for Northwestern University's graduate writing program and for the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. My books are Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry (Univ. of Mass. Press 2010, Bloomsbury 2013), winner of the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction 2009; and Little Known Facts (Bloomsbury 2013). Stories have been published in Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, Southern Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, New England Review, Southern Review, The Literary Review, and a number of other journals. I live in Evanston, IL.

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
New Stories from the Midwest 2015 (New American Press, 2016)
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New Stories from the Midwest (Indiana University Press, 2013)
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PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012 (Random House, 2012)
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Best American Short Stories (Houghton Mifflin, 2008)
Books:
The Virginity of Famous Men (Bloomsbury USA, 2016)
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Paris, He Said (Bloomsbury USA, 2015)
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Little Known Facts (Bloomsbury USA, 2013)
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Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry (paper) (Bloomsbury USA, 2013)
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Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry (hardbound) (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010)
Prizes won: 

Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction; Chicago Writer's Association Book of the Year Award; Ploughshares John C. Zacharis Award O. Henry Prize; Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, First-fiction category; Long-listed for the International Frank O'Connor Short Story Award; Chicago Review of Books Fiction Award finalist; Long-listed for Dzanc Book Prize (novel)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Penelope Fitzgerald; Rachel Cusk; David Szalay; Edward P. Jones; Scott Spencer; William Trevor; Alice Munro
What I'm reading now: 
Paris Was Ours by Editor Penelope Rowland , Paris, Paris by David Downie, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
White
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English, French
Born in: 
Berlin, WI
Wisconsin
Raised in: 
Libertyville, IL
Illinois
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Last update: May 17, 2021