Chris was born & raised in Canton, Ohio--home of the O'Jays, Thurmon Munson, & Marilyn Manson--& attended the University of Michigan. He is the author of two novels, SHRIVER (Touchstone) and CARRY-ON (Rain Mountain Press), as well as the story collection THE FLOATING LADY OF LAKE TAWABA (New Rivers Press). His essay "Inside Words: How to Teach Writing in Prison" was awarded the Bechtel Prize in 2013 by Teachers & Writers Collaborative and judge Susan Orlean. Chris is also a singer/songwriter and has released two albums, SONGS ABOUT ANYTHING and CAMOUFLAGE. He has also written plays and screenplays, including the script (with David Henry) for the film AMNESIA. Chris lives in Connecticut.