About Christopher

Christopher Castellani // Photo by Michael Joseph
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Christopher Castellani is the son of Italian immigrants and a native of Wilmington, Delaware. He resides in Boston, where he is the artistic director of Grub Street, one of the country's leading non-profit creative writing centers. He is the author of three critically-acclaimed novels, A Kiss from Maddalena (Algonquin Books, 2003)—winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in 2004— The Saint of Lost Things (Algonquin Books, 2005), a BookSense (IndieBound) Notable Book; and All This Talk of Love (Algonquin, 2013), a New York Times Editors' Choice and finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Literary Award. The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story, a collection of essays on writing, is now available from Graywolf. He is currently working on a new novel.

In addition to his work with Grub Street, Christopher is on the faculty and academic board of the Warren Wilson MFA program and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Christopher was educated at Swarthmore College, received his Masters in English Literature from Tufts University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Boston University.

Awards and honors

  • Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, 2016
  • Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, 2015
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 2014
  • Ferro-Grumley Literary Award (Finalist), 2013
  • Massachusetts Book Award (Winner), 2004
  • Photo by wowe, 2012
  • Photo by wowe, 2012
  • Photo by wowe, 2012
  • Reading at Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA, 2013
  • Speaking at the PEN/Faulkner Gala, 2013
  • With Tom Perrotta and Alice Hoffmann at AWP Conference, Boston, 2013
  • Reading at Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne, AUS, 2003