Chatham University

MFA Alumni

Christopher Barzak

Christopher Barzak

Class of 2010

Christopher Barzak graduated from Chatham University with his MFA in Summer of 2010. He is an assistant professor of fiction writing at Youngstown State University, and teaches in the Northeast Ohio MFA program. He is the author of a novel, One for Sorrow (Bantam Books), which won the Crawford Award for Best First Book and was nominated for the Great Lakes Book Award and the Logo Channel's NewNowNext Award in the category of Author on the Verge. He is also the author of a novel-in-stories, The Love We Share Without Knowing (Bantam Books), which was nominated for the James Tiptree Jr. Award and the Nebula Award in the category of best novel. Chris has also co-edited the second volume of an anthology of fiction called Interfictions (Interstitial Arts Foundation), and has served as translator on Kant: For Eternal Peace (Sogosha Books), a book about Immanuel Kant's peace theories for Japanese teens. He is author of two collections of short stories—Birds and Birthdays, and Before and Afterlives—and currently his first novel is being made into a feature film under the title, Jamie Marks is Dead, starring the actress Liv Tyler.