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Christopher Barzak (born July 21, 1975) is an American author. He has published many short stories, beginning with "A Mad Tea Party" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet in 1999. In 2007 he published his debut novel, One for Sorrow, which won the 2008 Crawford Award, and was a nominee for the 2008 Great Lakes Book Award as well as Logo TV's NewNowNext Awards.[1] His second novel, The Love We Share Without Knowing, was a 2008 James Tiptree Jr. Award finalist and a 2009 Nebula Awards finalist for Best Novel. His first full-length short story collection, Before and Afterlives, was the recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Single-Author Collection in 2013.

Christopher Barzak
Barzak, in Kinsman, Ohio
Barzak, in Kinsman, Ohio
Born (1975-07-21) July 21, 1975 (age 43)
Warren, Ohio
OccupationNovelist, short story writer, teacher
GenreFiction, young adult fiction, fantasy, general literature



Barzak grew up in Kinsman, Ohio and went to university in nearby Youngstown.[2] He has worked as a teacher of English outside of Tokyo, in both primary and middle schools. His experiences over two years abroad in Japan led him to write his second novel, The Love We Share Without Knowing.

Barzak also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He currently teaches fiction writing at Youngstown State University, in Youngstown, Ohio.

His first novel, One for Sorrow, was made into the feature film Jamie Marks is Dead by the director, Carter Smith, for Verisimilitude Films, starring Liv Tyler, Judy Greer, Cameron Monaghan, Noah Silver, and Morgan Saylor. The film debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. The film had a limited release by Gravitas Ventures in the United States on August 29, 2014 and is now available on demand or on DVD.

His third novel, Wonders of the Invisible World, was published on September 8, 2015 and won a Stonewall Honor Award from the American Library Association in January, 2016.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

In October 2017, Barzak was arrested for assaulting his partner, however, in May 2018 the alleged victim confessed in court that he was under the influence at the time and that the charges should be dropped. In an earlier sentencing hearing Barzak plead guilty and agreed to attend counseling.[4]



Short story collectionsEdit

Selected stories (award winners or finalists)Edit

As editorEdit

  • Sherman, Delia; Barzak, Christopher, eds. (2009). Interfictions 2 : an anthology of interstitial fiction. Small Beer Press.
  • Interfictions Online (with Meghan McCarron and Sofia Samatar). Interstitial Arts Foundation, 2013 to 2016.


  1. ^ "Awards News: Crawford Fantasy Award Winner". Locus Online. Locus Publications. 2008-01-10. Archived from the original on 2005-03-02. Retrieved 2008-01-11.
  2. ^ Christopher Barzak Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  3. ^ Barzak, Christopher (2007-11-12). "Bio". Christopher Barzak's Meditations in an Emergency. Retrieved 2008-01-11.
  4. ^ Gauntner, Mike. "Case dismissed against YSU professor". Retrieved 2018-05-03.

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