Christine Sneed, winner of the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation, is the author of the novel Little Known Facts and the story collection Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry, a 2009 AWP Grace Paley Prize winner, a finalist for the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Award (first-fiction category), winner of the 2011 John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares, and winner of the Chicago Writers Association 2011 Book of the Year (in the traditionally published fiction category). The San Francisco Chronicle also chose Portraits as one of the fifty best fiction books of 2011. Christine teaches for the MFA program at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign and the graduate writing program at Northwestern University. She lives in Illinois.
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