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General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1957 in San Pedro, California


Illinois Connection

Mazza lives in the west suburbs of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cris Mazza is currently professor and director of the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Along with the books she has written, Mazza was co-editor for the original Chick-Lit anthologies: ''Chick-Lit: Postfeminist Fiction'', and ''Chick-Lit 2: No Chick Vics'' along with ''Men Undressed: Women Writers on the Male Sexual Experience''.A native of Southern California, Mazza grew up in San Diego County. Her BA and MA were completed at San Diego State University, then she crossed the country to finish an MFA in writing at Brooklyn College before returning to San Diego where she lived several years training and showing her dogs, completing her first 4 books, and teaching at various local colleges and universities, including UC San Diego, and was Writer in Residence at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, then at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """How to Leave a Country"""

-- *PEN/Nelson Algren Award for book-length fiction


-- """Charlatan"""

-- *Starred Review, Kirkus, 2017