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 currently lives in Boston, where he is the artistic director of Grub Street, the country's largest and leading independent creative writing center. He is the author of A Kiss from Maddalena (Algonquin Books, 2003)—winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in 2004— The Saint of Lost Things (Algonquin, 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 point of view in fiction, was published in 2016 by Graywolf Press. His newest novel is Leading Men, for which he received Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, MacDowell, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Leading Men was published in February 2019 by Viking Penguin, and is currently being adapted for film.

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.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, 2016
  • Barnes & Noble/Poets & Writers 'Writer 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