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Author of over a dozen books of fiction, but most proud of achievements as a dog trainer.

Background Information

In the 21st century, Cris Mazza's work as a novelist has expanded as she has continued to consider psychological and emotional complexities of contemporary life, but now with the contributing complication of place: How regions or localities that still have their own unique characteristics of landscape, society, and culture impact the human experiences -- sexuality, family, authority, gender -- that Mazza explores in fiction. Her 2001 novel, Girl Beside Him, inhabits rural Wyoming. Homeland (2004) involves a woman and her elderly father grappling with a 30-year-old family tragedy while they also find themselves homeless, living in the canyons of suburban Southern California alongside migrant agricultural workers. Indigenous / Growing Up Californian (2003), Mazza’s collection of personal essays, deals with place as it anchors memory and the reconstruction of experience. Her new novel, Waterbaby (2007) looks at how local 19th century legends still live and grow in a seacoast town in Maine.


Mazza’s first novel, How to Leave a Country won the PEN / Nelson Algren Award. She has been the recipient of an NEA fellowship and three Illinois Arts Council literary awards.

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Forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2009: Trickle-Down Timeline, short fiction of the Reagan era.

Contact Information
University of Illinois / Chicago
Department of English m/c 162 601 South Morgan Street
Chicago IL 60607  
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