Book Review: Amy Dupcak’s DUST

51n-kphn0dlChristopher’s book review of DUST, a debut collection of short stories from author Amy Dupcak, appears in Issue Eighty-Eight (December 2016) of The Collagist.

The opening of this review of Amy Dupcak’s DUST:

James Hurst’s 1960 short story, “The Scarlet Ibis,” is commonly required reading for high school kids (and was adapted into an opera last year in New York City). It’s a remarkable story that opens with a garden…

From Lucid River Press: “A daring debut collection, Dust dives headfirst into the complicated waters of youth. Exploring themes of alienation, longing, self-destruction and ultimately self-awareness, the characters in Dust attempt to find meaning and form connections via sex, art, drugs, apple seeds, a cardboard dreamachine, and an aloe vera plant.”

Interview: Peter Ho Davies for The Brooklyn Rail

books_davies_02_web-ex_photoChristopher conducted an interview with Peter Ho Davies about his new multigenerational novel, THE FORTUNES, and the Chinese-American experience, Hollywood’s first Chinese-American film star Anna May Wong and her trip to China in protest of role casting discrimination, the injustice of the 1980s Vincent Chin case in Detroit, writing, research, travel to China, amalgams of fact and fiction, and many other fascinating topics.

Peter Ho Davies is the author of two novels, The Fortunes and The Welsh Girl (long-listed for the Man Booker Prize), and two short story collections, The Ugliest House in the World (winner of the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize) and Equal Love (A New York Times Notable Book).

Praise for THE FORTUNES:

“Panoramic in scope yet intimate in detail, The Fortunes might be the most honest, unflinching, cathartically biting novel I’ve read about the Chinese American experience. It asks the big questions about identity and history that every American needs to ask in the 21st century.”
—Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You


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.

“Messages from a Storm” in Quarterly West

Christopher’s story “Messages from a Storm” appears in Quarterly West, as part of winning the 2016 Writers @ Work Fellowship Competition. Though previously available online, Quarterly West has been through a website transition, and may or may not yet have its archive issues available online.

Quarterly West is the online literary journal run and staffed by PhD creative writing  students at the University of Utah.


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.

Book Review: Chantel Acevedo’s THE DISTANT MARVELS

Christopher’s book review of The Distant Marvels from author Chantel Acevedo, appears in The Brooklyn Rail.

From the Europa Editions website: “The story of a lifetime told in the eye of a hurricane. Maria Sirena tells stories. She does it for money—she was a favorite in the cigar factory where she worked as a lettora—and for love, spinning gossamer tales out of her own past for the benefit of friends and family. But now, like a modern-day Scheherazade, she will be asked to tell a story so that eight women can keep both hope and themselves alive.”

Here is the opening of the review: Continue reading