Cagibi literary journal co-founded by Christopher X. Shade and Sylvie Bertrand

Cagibi_Logo_.pngChristopher X. Shade and Sylvie Bertrand are co-founders of a new literary journal, Cagibi, at Cagibi’s Issue 1 launched January 15, 2018: read an excerpt from Elena Georgiou’s forthcoming story collection, The Immigrant’s Refrigerator, featured poetry from Matt Pasca and Terri Muuss, poetry in translation, as well as stories, poems, and personal narratives from around the world.

Cagibi’s literary journal is bundled online in quarterly issues, with one print issue each year. Each online issue’s Letter from the Editors is both a linked table of contents and reading guide.

In the not-too-distant future, Cagibi will also offer retreats! Sign up for the Cagibi newsletter, and we’ll send you announcements of new issues, open reading periods, upcoming retreats, and other Cagibi news.

Reading at KGB, Feb 25 2018, 7 pm

TWS-Logo_dark-2.pngThe Writers Studio Reading Series Presents:

Fiction and Poetry Readings By:

  • Joel Hinman
  • Rachel Nevins
  • Christopher Shade
  • Anamyn Turowski
  • Iris Lee Stoler

Of The Writers Studio Faculty and Master Class

Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 7 PM

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85 E 4th St, New York, New York

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Christopher Shade teaching Fall 2017 at The Writers Studio in NYC

TWS-Logo_darkChristopher is teaching writing (for writers of both fiction and poetry) again this fall at The Writers Studio in the West Village, NYC. Register to join before the first class night, Wednesday Oct 4! The link to learn more and register is

Christopher’s class is the Level 1 introduction to the Writers Studio method. From the website: “All students new to The Writers Studio NYC start with Level I. Since we approach teaching with our own method and vocabulary, even experienced writers with publications and/or MFAs will find plenty that is new and challenging in Level I. Our short weekly exercises are designed to stimulate students’ imaginations while also teaching a lot of nuts-and-bolts narrative strategies. Students learn that a narrative voice is born out of conscious creation and is not merely the voice we use when speaking or keeping a journal. We encourage students to turn autobiographical fragments into publishable work by using different narrative personas to tell their story in fiction and poetry.”



Christopher’s stories and book reviews appear frequently. A short story named “Marseille Hunger” is to appear in Portland Review.

Pushcart award update: His stories were nominated for this year’s Pushcart award.

Christopher’s latest novel, set in Marseille, France, is in agent circulation. Along with a previous novel set in Europe, and a short story collection.

As stories are published, and any other updates about Christopher’s writing become available, they’ll be announced here.

“Messages from a Storm” wins Writers @ Work 2016 Fellowship Competition

2016-Fellowship-Winners-2-300x153Christopher’s story “Messages from a Storm” wins the 2016 Writers @ Work Fellowship Competition. His story appears in Quarterly West, and he participated in the 2016 W@W June conference in Utah as this year’s Fiction Fellow. The other 2016 winners are Samatha Deal (Creative Non-Fiction), and Jennifer Sperry Steinorth (Poetry).

“Messages from a Storm” is about an airplane mechanic in Mobile, AL, and his life and events surrounding a lightweight aircraft crash during a hurricane-like storm. The story is available online at Quarterly West, here.

Also see Christopher’s interview on the Writers @ Work website.

PHDrecentphoto-150x150The author Peter Ho Davies was the fiction judge of this year’s fellowship competition. He is the author of the novel The Welsh Girl (2007) and the story collections The Ugliest House in the World (1997) and Equal Love (2000). He wrote this about Christopher’s story:

“Messages from a Storm” is written in a crisp, laconic prose well suited to its steely, feeling protagonist. There’s a great feel for community and place here, for the distinctive details of work, and most of all for character. The main character is exactingly evoked, but secondary figures are also attended to with care, a hallmark of good fiction. And from these characters, understood with such keen emotional intelligence, plot arises with an affecting inevitability.

Writers @ Work, a nationally-known independent writer’s organization, has successfully promoted and supported a creative writing community – locally, regionally and nationally – for thirty one years. While attending W@W events writers can hone their skills and meet to discuss their work with fellow writers, agents, editors and publishers. Learn more about Writers @ Work.

Recently, three finalist stories

GlimmerTrainThe story “Postcard” was a finalist for Glimmer Train’s 2015 Very Short Fiction Award.

The story “Messages From a Storm” was a finalist for Glimmer Train’s 2015 Short Story Award for New Writers.

The story “Suicide Doors” was a finalist in Bayou Magazine’s 2015 Knudsen Fiction Contest.

Reading at HiFi Bar


Excited to be reading alongside some of my favorite writers at the Lyrics, Lit & Liquor reading series hosted by Amanda Miller. I will be reading new material, a brief short story.

Join us at HiFi Bar in the East Village on Tuesday, September 1, at 7 PM.

Readings also by Joseph Salvatore, Scott Hess, Sebastian Briglia, Genevieve Betts, and Amanda Miller. Music by Adeline Hotel.

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