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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 may impact human experiences (sexuality, family, gender).

Most recently Cris Mazza is the author of Yet to Come, a novel concerning male victims of domestic abuse, asexuality, and alternate methods of building a “life story.” In 2022 Mazza's 3rd hybrid memoir will be released, It's No Puzzle: a Memoir in Artifacts. Previous recent books include Charlatan: New and Selected Stories, 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.


Research Areas

Creative Writing – Fiction | Creative Writing – Nonfiction

Selected Publications