Cris Mazza

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General Information

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Name: Cris Mazza

Pen Name: None

Born: 1957 in San Pedro, California



Illinois Connection

Mazza lives in the west suburbs of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cris Mazza is currently professor and director of the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Along with the books she has written, Mazza was co-editor for the original Chick-Lit anthologies: Chick-Lit: Postfeminist Fiction, and Chick-Lit 2: No Chick Vics along with Men Undressed: Women Writers on the Male Sexual Experience.

A native of Southern California, Mazza grew up in San Diego County. Her BA and MA were completed at San Diego State University, then she crossed the country to finish an MFA in writing at Brooklyn College before returning to San Diego where she lived several years training and showing her dogs, completing her first 4 books, and teaching at various local colleges and universities, including UC San Diego, and was Writer in Residence at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, then at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA.

Published Works

  • Animal Acts, Fiction Collective 2, 1988
  • How to Leave a Country, Coffee House Press, 1992
  • Revelation Countdown, Fiction Collective 2, 1993
  • Exposed, Coffee House Press, 1994
  • Your Name Here, Coffee House Press, 1995
  • Dog People, A Novel, Coffee House Press, 1997
  • Former Virgin, Short Fiction, Fiction Collective Two , 1997
  • Is It Sexual Harassment Yet, Northwestern University Press, 1998
  • Girl Beside Him, Fiction Collective Two, 2001
  • Indigenous, Growing Up Californian, City Lights Publishing, 2003
  • Homeland, Small Pr Distribution, 2004
  • Disability, Fiction Collective 2, 2005
  • Many Ways To Get It, Many Ways To Say It, Chiasmus Press, 2005
  • Waterbaby: A Novel, Soft Skull Press, 2007
  • Trickle-Down Timeline, Red Hen Press, 2009
  • Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls, Emergency Press, 2011
  • Something Wrong With Her, Jaded Ibis Press, 2013
  • Charlatan: New and Selected Stories, Curbside Splendor Publishing, 2017

Titles at Your Library

Animal Acts

ISBN: 0932511163
Release Date: 1995-08-18

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Revelation Countdown (Black Ice Books) (Studies in Monasticism)

ISBN: 0932511732
Release Date: 1993-01-01

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ISBN: 1566890195
Release Date: 1994-05-01

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Your Name Here:_________

ISBN: 1566890314
Release Date: 1995-04-01

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Dog People

ISBN: 1566890551
Release Date: 1997-05-01

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Former Virgin

ISBN: 1573660337
Release Date: 1997-09-30

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Is It Sexual Harassment Yet

ISBN: 1573660418
Release Date: 1998-09-30

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Indigenous: Growing up Californian

ISBN: 0872864227
Release Date: 2003-05-01

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ISBN: 1888996714
Release Date: 2004-03-01

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Disability: A Novella

ISBN: 157366121X
Release Date: 2005-02-25

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Many Ways To Get It, Many Ways To Say It

ISBN: 0970321252
Release Date: 2005-01-01

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Waterbaby: A Novel

ISBN: 1933368845
Release Date: 2007-10-28

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Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls

ISBN: 0975362380
Release Date: 2011-01-10

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Charlatan: New and Selected Stories

ISBN: 1945883065
Release Date: 2017-11-14

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Literary Awards

How to Leave a Country

  • PEN/Nelson Algren Award for book-length fiction


  • Starred Review, Kirkus, 2017

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Contact Information:

Cris Mazza

Dept. of English m/c 162

University of Illinois at Chicago

601 S. Morgan St.

Chicago, Illinois 60607



Sheryl Johnston

Email: sheryljohnston -at- aol -dot- com

External Links

Cris Mazza on WorldCat


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