Christine Sneed's fourth book, the story collection The Virginity of Famous Men, was published in September 2016 in the US and November 2016 in the UK. The Virginity of Famous Men was named a finalist for the inaugural Chicago Review of Books' best work of fiction of 2016.
Her third book, the novel Paris, He Said (Bloomsbury USA), published on May 5, 2015, was named one of the UK Reader Digest's literary highlights of 2015 and was a 2016 Illinois Reads pick.
Along with being named a finalist for the 2010 Los Angeles Times book prize in the first-fiction category, her first book, Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry won AWP's 2009 Grace Paley Prize, was awarded Ploughshares' John C. Zacharis prize, and was chosen as Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association in the traditionally published fiction category. Portraits was also longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story prize and was named one of the seven best books of the year by Time Out Chicago. Her second book, the novel Little Known Facts, won the Society of Midland Authors Award for best adult fiction 2013, was named one of Booklist's top ten debut novels of 2013, and best new book by a local author by Chicago Magazine.
She has published stories in Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, New England Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Pleiades, Glimmer Train, Massachusetts Review, Meridian, Other Voices, Greensboro Review, River Styx, Phoebe, South Dakota Review, and a number of other journals.
Her stories have recently appeared in New Stories from the Midwest: "in the Bag"; The Catamaran Literary Reader, "Good Works"; The Southern Review, "Cafe de Flor"; Notre Dame Review, "The Goddess Complex"; New England Review, "Older Sister," The Literary Review, "The Junk Drawer"; Massachusetts Review, "Dear Kelly Bloom."
She has received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in poetry, is the 2013 recipient of the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation, and has received special mentions in the Pushcart Prize anthology for the stories "Quality of Life" and "Beach Vacation."
She is a former co-curator of Sunday Salon Chicago, which is currently being curated by Suzanne Clores and Betsy Haberl, with help from Natalia Nebel, who has also been on a hiatus, due to health-related concerns. Sunday Salon is a reading series usually held at Riverview Tavern, 1958 W. Roscoe St., Chicago, on the last Sunday of every other month, 7 p.m. All readings are free.
Sneed lives in Evanston, IL and is the faculty director of the MA/MFA program at Northwestern University and is also on the graduate fiction faculty of Regis University's low-residency MFA program. Information available here.