Writing

"Christopher's mind is dazzling. [He] should be required reading for anyone deeply interested in what it is to be alive."

Books

Hoopty Time Machines: fairy tales for grown ups. A collection of wistful domestic fabulism, from Atticus Books. ©2016.

Work and Other Essays. "Silly, heartbreaking, and unlike any you've seen before," with musings about Kyle MacLachlan, jackhammers, Sacramento, and getting hit by a van. ©2014.

Recent and Forthcoming Fiction

"The Bigfoot Hunter" (Urban Fantasist, June 2015)
"The Bogeyman" (The Knicknackery, Summer 2016)
"Hoopty Time Machine" (The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Fall 2015)
"Indestructible" (Passages North, Spring 2016)
"Intrusion" (Cease, Cows, Spring 2016)
"The Little Mermaid" (Blue Monday Review, May 2015)
"Monster" (Electronic Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature, Spring 2016)
"Rapunzel's Tangles" (Necessary Fiction, April 2015)
"Sacramento" (White Knuckle Press, April 2015)
"The Signal" (Bodega, Spring 2017)
"Social Media" (Nailed, August 2015)
"Stolen" (Hobart, Summer 2016)
"The Trolls" (The Wild Hunt, Spring 2016)
"Visitation" (Gravel, February 2017)
"The Wallpaper" (Blue Monday Review, May 2015)

Selected Screenplays

The Calling. Original one-hour drama.
CTRL-ESC. Original one-hour drama.
Live From Mars. Original one-hour drama.
Upstate. Feature.
Wunderland. Original one-hour drama.

Stageplays

The Box. Co-writer on a narrative experiment with Sacred Fools Theater Company. Created by Padraic Duffy and Hans Gelpke. Other collaborators include Paula Cizmar, Jon Jory, Caridad Svich, and Mac Wellman.

Clyt at Home: The Clytemnestra Project. Written with Katharine Noon and produced by The Ghost Road Ensemble. Performed in A.S.K. Common Ground Festival, the KO Festival of Performance, and as part of Home Siege Home at [Inside] the Ford and the Getta Villa. Shortlisted by the LA Weekly as Best Play and Best Adaptation in Los Angeles.

The Man Who Looked for the World in a Fortune Cookie (and Found It). Developed and produced by Theatre of NOTE, Los Angeles.

Dramaturg/new play development with A.S.K. Theater Projects, Circle X Theatre Co., Ensemble Studio Theatre, the McCarter Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Theatre of NOTE, the Walnut Street Theatre, the Wilma Theater, others.

Collaborative Art Projects

Alive in Los Angeles: A Celebration of Southern California's Spoken Word. Producer/curator of a spoken word festival, hosted by Rachel Kann and featuring Mike Sonksen.

Blind Date. Text paired with illustrations, curated by artist Steven Hull and published by Nothing Moments Press.

Desert Island: The Message in a Bottle Project. A text-based conceptual art project throughout New York City, 2008.

The Edge of the World Theater Festival. Creator of a city-wide theatre fringe festival, hosting about fifty productions at 35 venues throughout Los Angeles, each year between 1999 and 2005.

Electric Literature. Advisor to Electric Literature, a journal that uses new media and innovative distribution to publish great contemporary short fiction. 2009-2011.

Pop-ups@Music Center LA. Never-before-seen interviews, stories, and visuals that chronicle the non-fiction narratives of Los Angeles. 2014.

13 Ways of Looking at an Elephant. Developed and produced thirteen new plays by Aimee Bender, Sujata Bhatt, Mickey Birnbaum, Sheila Callaghan, Bryan Davidson, Joel Drazner, Padraic Duffy, Rebecca Gray, Erik Patterson, Paul Plunkett, Mark Seldis, Peggy Stafford, and Steve Totland, appearing as unannounced curtain-raisers at theatres throughout Los Angeles.

30 Stories in 30 Days. A month-long challenge to write thirty stories during the month of September, with participants throughout Los Angeles and around the globe.

The Waitress. Illustrations with text. A collaboration with artist Jessica Doyle. 2011.

Residencies & Fellowships

Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Fiction.
The Cabin at Shotpouch Creek. Sponsored by Oregon State University's Spring Creek Project.
The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Screenwriting.
International Screenwriters' Association. Fast Track Fellow.
Padua Playwrights. Intensive in playwriting.
Pataphysics West. Writing for television.

Education

  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. BA: Philosophy and Theatre Arts
  • California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA. MFA: Creative Writing and Theatre
  • The New School, New York, NY. Coursework in Media Studies, Philosophy.