Christine Sneed is a graduate of the MFA creative writing program at Indiana University and 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.
Along with two works of fiction, the novel Little Known Facts, recently named one of Booklist's top ten debut novels of 2013 and best new book by a local author by Chicago Magazine, and the story collection Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry, 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." Along with being named a finalist for the 2010 Los Angeles Times book prize in the first-fiction category, Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry was awardedPloughshares' John C. Zacharis prize for a first book, and was chosen as Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association for traditionally published fiction. Portraits was also longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story prize.
She co-directs Sunday Salon Chicago with Natalia Nebel and Alexandra Sheckler, a reading series usually held at Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave, Chicago, on the last Sunday of every other month, 7 p.m.
She lives in Evanston, IL and teaches creative writing for Northwestern University's graduate writing program and for Pacific University's low-residency MFA program.