Christine Sneed's first book, the story collection Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry, won AWP's 2009 Grace Paley Prize, the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award, and Ploughshares' John C. Zacharis Prize for a first book. Portraits was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, first fiction category. Her second book, the novel Little Known Facts, was published in February 2013 by Bloomsbury and was named a top ten debut novel of 2013 by Booklist, and the Best New Book by a Local Author by Chicago Magazine. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the Midwest, Ploughshares, New England Review, The Southern Review, Glimmer Train, Massachusetts Review and a number of other journals. She studied in the graduate creative writing program at Indiana University and earned an MFA in Poetry and has also published poems in various literary journals including Black Warrior Review, Poet Lore, Puerto del Sol, and Poetry East. The Chicago Public Library Foundation recently chose her as the recipient of the 21st Century Award, which is given annually to an emerging writer with ties to Chicago for significant literary achievement. She lives in Evanston, Illinois where she teaches for Northwestern University and for the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University.
Instructor of Creative Writing, Short Story faculty, Interlochen College of Creative Arts Author, Educator M.F.A., Poetry, Indiana University