Christine Sneed's third book, the novel Paris, He Said (Bloomsbury USA) will be published on May 5, 2015. Bloomsbury's Spring 2015 catalog is viewable here.
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: "Twelve + Twelve"; Pleiades, "59 Ways of Looking at Domesticity"; The Southern Review, "Flattering Light"; Notre Dame Review, "The Goddess Complex"; New England Review, "The Couplehood Jubilee," The Literary Review, "The New, All-True CV"; Massachusetts Review, "Ask an Expert."
She has received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in poetry, is the recipient of the 2013 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 on hiatus as co-curator for 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, and Alexandra Sheckler. 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 teaches creative writing for the MFA programs at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign.