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General Information

Name:  Christine Sneed  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1971 in Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Illinois Connection

Sneed divides her time between Evanston and Champaign, Illinois; she teaches for the MFA program at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign and the graduate writing program at Northwestern University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Christine Sneed grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Libertyville, Illinois. She graduated from Georgetown University, and went on to Indiana University, graduating with an MFA. She earned a Master's of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Indiana University - Bloomington and a Bachelor of Science degree in French language and literature from Georgetown University.Sneed has published many poems in North American literary journals, was awarded an Illinois Arts Council fellowship in poetry in 2003 and has received five Pushcart Prize nominations. Her short stories have appeared in ''PEN/O''. ''Henry Prize Stories'', ''Best American Short Stories'', ''New England Review'', ''Glimmer Train'', ''Ploughshares'', ''The Southern Review'', ''Meridian'', ''Pleiades'', ''Notre Dame Review'', ''New Ohio Review'', ''Massachusetts Review'', ''River Styx'', and a number of other journals.Sneed was interviewed by Dan Klefstad, Morning Edition Host & Book Series Editor of Northern Public Radio (WNIU/WNIJ/NIRIS) for the [ #WNIJReadWithME] Winter Book Series. To access the December 21, 2015 interview, [ click here].

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Titles At Your Library

Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry: Stories
ISBN: 1558498583

University of Massachusetts Press. 2010

The ten stories in this striking debut collection examine the perils of love and what it means to live during an era when people will offer themselves, almost unthinkingly, to strangers. Risks and repercussions are never fully weighed. People leap and almost always land on rocky ground. May-December romances flourish in these stories, as do self-doubt and, in many cases, serious regret. Mysterious, dangerous benefactors, dead and living artists, movie stars and college professors, plagiarists, and distinguished foreign novelists are among the many different characters. No one is blameless, but villains are difficult to single out―everyone seemingly bears responsibility for his or her desires and for the outcome of difficult choices so often made hopefully and naively.

Little Known Facts: A Novel
ISBN: 1608199584

Bloomsbury USA. 2013

The people who orbit around Renn Ivins, an actor of Harrison Ford-like stature--his girlfriends, his children, his ex-wives, those on the periphery--long to experience the glow of his fame. Anna and Will are Renn's grown children, struggling to be authentic versions of themselves in a world where they are seen as less important extensions of their father. They are both drawn to and repelled by the man who overshadows every part of them.
Most of us can imagine the perks of celebrity, but Little Known Facts offers a clear-eyed story of its effects--the fallout of fame and fortune on family members and others who can neither fully embrace nor ignore the superstar in their midst. With Little Known Facts, Christine Sneed emerges as one of the most insightful chroniclers of our celebrity-obsessed age, telling a story of influence and affluence, of forging identity and happiness and a moral compass the question being, if we could have anything on earth, would we choose correctly?

Paris, He Said: A Novel
ISBN: 1620406926

Bloomsbury USA. 2015

Jayne Marks is questioning the choices she has made in the years since college and is struggling to pay her bills in Manhattan when she is given the opportunity to move to Paris with her wealthy lover and benefactor, Laurent Moller, who owns and operates two art galleries, one in New York, the other in Paris. He offers her the time and financial support she needs to begin her career as a painter and also challenges her to see who and what she will become if she meets her artistic potential.

Laurent, however, seems to have other women in his life and Jayne, too, has an ex-boyfriend, much closer to her own age, whom she still has feelings for. Bringing Paris gloriously to life, Paris, He Said is a novel about desire, beauty, and its appreciation, and of finding yourself presented with the things you believe you've always wanted, only to wonder where true happiness lies.

The Virginity of Famous Men: Stories
ISBN: 1620406950

Bloomsbury USA. 2016

The Virginity of Famous Men, award-winning story writer Christine Sneed's deeply perceptive collection on the human condition, features protagonists attempting to make peace with the choices--both personal and professional--they have so far made. In “The Prettiest Girls,” a location scout for a Hollywood film studio falls in love with a young Mexican woman who is more in love with the idea of stardom than with this older American man who takes her with him back to California. “Clear Conscience” focuses on the themes of family loyalty, divorce, motherhood, and whether “doing the right thing” is, in fact, always the right thing to do. In “Beach Vacation,” a mother realizes that her popular and coddled teenage son has become someone she has difficulty relating to, let alone loving with the same maternal fervor that once was second nature to her. The title story, “The Virginity of Famous Men,” explores family and fortune.

Long intrigued by love and loneliness, Sneed leads readers through emotional landscapes both familiar and uncharted. These probing stories are explorations of the compassionate and passionate impulses that are inherent in--and often the source of--both abiding joy and serious distress in every human life.


  • 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation
  • Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry

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