Christine Sneed

Fiction Writer

Pasadena, CA 91106

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

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

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Fluent in: 
English, French
Born in: 
Berlin, WI
Raised in: 
Libertyville, IL
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Last update: May 17, 2021