Christopher Chambers

Program Director

Noncredit Programming

Christopher Chambers (MFA, Univ. of Alabama) is an editor, teacher, and writer. He directs the certificate in literary writing program and an annual novel-writing retreat, administers and teaches in-person writing workshops, serves as a manuscript consultant, and is editor of <em>Midwest Review</em>.

Christopher Chambers is the former Director of the Walker Percy Center for Writing & Publishing in New Orleans, and has taught creative writing for over 20 years. After receiving a degree in English at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, he worked as a carpenter, a bartender, a dockworker, and a lifeguard. He has taught martial arts in Minneapolis, high school in south Florida, and writing in Alabama and Louisiana. He received an MFA degree from the University of Alabama, where he was editor of the Black Warrior Review. He was editor of the New Orleans Review from 2000-2013.

He has written for television, and published fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, Quarterly West, Carolina Quarterly, Indiana Review, Exquisite Corpse, CopperNickel, Louisiana Literature, Denver Quarterly, Epoch, Georgetown Review, Notre Dame Review, Washington Square, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Lit, BOMB Magazine, Fourteen Hills, and elsewhere. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for creative writing, 4 Pushcart Prize nominations, and has been anthologized in French Quarter Fiction, Knoxville Bound, Maple Street Rag, and in the Best American Mystery Stories series.