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Chris Spain

Part-time Faculty
(212) 992-9824
1 Wash Pl, Room 618

Office Hours
Thursday 4-6

B.S. Bioagriculture, Colorado State University, 1980
M.F.A. Fiction Writing, Columbia University, 1986

Chris Spain received his undergraduate degree in bio-agriculture and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Stanford University's Creative Writing Program from 1987 to 1988. He is the author of Praying for Rain (Capra Press, 1990), a collection of short stories, and his work has been published in Antioch Review, The Best of StoryQuarterly, Blast 5 Drama, The Henfield Prize Stories, Open City, Story magazine, Zoetrope, and 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11. Spain's pieces have also been exhibited at the Sandra Gering Gallery and performed in Symphony Space's Selected Shorts at The Getty. A member of the Writers Guild of America, he is the recipient of a CINE Golden Eagle Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, and the Best of the West award. His teaching interests are in creative writing and film.

Teaching and Research Interests

Darwin, sociobiology, evolutionary psychology, fiction writing, film

Recent News

Professor Chris Spain received the Gallatin Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2013-2014. 


2020 Spring

Story Sense

2019 Spring

Advanced Fiction Writing

2019 Fall

Fiction Writing

2018 Spring

Advanced Fiction Writing

2018 Fall

Fiction Writing

Chris Spain