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Cris Mazza, MA; MFA

Professor and Director of Program for Writers



Building & Room:

1932 UH


601 S Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 413-2795



Cris Mazza’s work as a novelist and memorist considers psychological and emotional complexities, but with the contributing complication of place: How regions or localities with particular characteristics of landscape and culture impact human experiences (sexuality, family, gender).

Most recently Cris Mazza is the author of Charlatan: New and Selected Stories. Her two previous books are Something Wrong With Her, a hybrid memoir (2014), a companion book to her last novel Various Men Who Knew Us As Girls (2011). Mazza has authored over a dozen other books, mostly novels and collections of short fiction, plus an earlier memoir. Currently she is completing a novel titled Yet to Come concerning male victims of domestic abuse, asexuality, and methods of building a “life story.”


Research Areas

Creative Writing – Fiction | Creative Writing – Nonfiction

Selected Publications