In June 2019, I was delighted to be included in New City’s LIT 50: WHO REALLY BOOKS IN CHICAGO.

Also in June, I found out that the Guild Complex chose me as one of their 30 WRITERS TO WATCH.

Swarm Theory awarded a Silver Medal Winner, Best First Book – Fiction, by the Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2017 (IPPYs)

Swarm Theory awarded a Gold Medal, Regional Fiction – Midwest, by the National Indie Excellence Awards, 2017

Swarm Theory named one of three finalists in the Chicago Writers Association Best Books of 2016, January 2017

Swarm Theory named by PANK as one of The Best 21 Books of 2016, February 2017

Swarm Theory included in Powell’s Books Midyear Roundup, the Best Books of 2016 So Far, June 2016

Awarded Ragdale Rubin Fellowship, August 2015

“The Art of Breaking Away,” won First Place, In Print Writing Competition, December 2013

Swarm Theory short-listed, novel-in-progress category, William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, August 2013


“A Review of Swarm Theory by Christine Rice,” by Jessie Vail Aufiery, The Literary Review, January 2017

“Between the Lines Interviews Christine Rice,” by Zinta Aistars, WMUK Western Michigan University Public Radio, October 2016

“Michigan Bookmark: Swarm Theory is a Gripping Work of Midwest Gothic,” by Desiree Cooper, Michigan Public Radio, June 2016

“Swarm Theory Reveals The Dark Side of Michigan,” by Lauren Stacks, Chicago Review of Books, June 2016

“Stories From Nowhere, Michigan: An Interview With Christine Rice,” by Karen Halvorsen Schreck, BELT Magazine, June 2016

“Looking Under The Skin of a Town,” by Jael Montellano, New City, May 2016


Local Phenomenon,” Unreal Magazine, 2019

The Part Beneath,” Longshot Island, 2018

"Undesirable Interruptions,"  The Roanoke Review, 2015

"Atmospheric Disturbances,"  Rusted Radishes (American University of Beirut), 2015

"Exacting Revenge,"  The Literary Review, 2015

"Known Issues,"  Bird's Thumb, 2014

ESSAYS & REPORTAGE (at least some of it)

Goebbels Tools,”, 2018

10 Reasons You Damn Well Better Staple That Short Story You Just Handed In,” McSWEENEY'S INTERNET TENDENCY, 2017

"The Rumpus: Interview With Jaimee Wriston Colbert," The Rumpus, January 2017

"Survival Is Not Guaranteed: The Millions Interviews Bonnie Jo Campbell." The

"Prioritize This." THE BIG SMOKE

"Stop Laughing When I Say I'm From Flint: It's Not a Punchline," THE BIG SMOKE

"Holiday Buying Guide for the 53% of White Women Who Voted For Trump," The Big Smoke

"Role Credits." The

"The Evolution of Dudes and Bros:  Are Straight Men Softening?"  The Good Men Project

“Pumped With Praise.”  Article, Chicago Tribune

“Dad Lays Down Rules For Daughters’ Suitors.”  Article, Chicago Tribune

“On-call Heroes.”  Feature article, Chicago Tribune

“Editing Life.”  Article, Chicago Tribune

“What’s Going To Happen When We’re Gone?”  Feature article, Chicago Tribune

“A December Dilemma.”  Feature article, Metro Parent

“Gifts of Gab.”  Feature article, Metro Times

“Double Talk.”  Feature article, Metro Times

“Lift Every Voice.”  Feature article, Metro Times

“Setting up Shop.”  Feature article, Metro Times

“The Virtues of Utility and Simplicity Have Come Home Again.”  Feature article, Chicago Arts & Communication

Out On A Political Limb.”  Feature article, Metro Times

“A Sense of Community.”  Feature article, Metro Times

“Denials All Around.”  Follow-up article, Metro Times

“Who Cares?  Tough Time in the Wayne County Youth Home.”  Feature article, Metro Times

NOTE:  this article prompted a Justice Department investigation into the Wayne County Youth Home

“Keepers of the Word.”  Feature article, Chicago Arts & Communications


Find my audio essays on WBEZ's Eight Forty-Eight.


Founding Editor, HYPERTEXTMAG.COM & Hypertext Review Literary Magazine, 2009-present

Edited Columbia College Chicago Department of Creative Writing's Hair Trigger annual journal of student writing – Hair Trigger 23, 2001 through Hair Trigger 36, 2013.


Visiting Artist, Off-Campus Writers Workshop, January 12, 2017 Winnetka, IL.

Conversation with author Claudia Casper, Women & Children First, November 16, 2016, Chicago, IL.

Featured Reader, Pen Parentis Reading Series, December 13, 2016, New York, NY.

Chicago Writers Conference panelist with Lorraine Boissoneault (The Last Voyageurs), Leslie Parry (Church of Marvels), and Nadine Kenney Johnstone (Of This Much I'm Sure, forthcoming April 2017), September 24, 2016, Chicago, IL.

Featured Reader, The Book Stall, September 10, 2016, Winnetka, IL.

Panelist/Reader Chicago’s First Annual Lit Crawl, Women & Children First, August 18, 2016, Chicago, IL.

Featured Reader Sunday Salon Reading Series, June 26, 2016, Chicago, IL.

ChiTeen 2016 Lit Fest, Panelist, Got It Covered: Publishing Your Work
Want to go from casual writer to published author? Hear what it takes from local published authors. Panelists include authors and editors Kathleen Rooney, Eric May, Billy Lombardo, Chris Rice, and Tiffany Gholar.

Associated Writing Programs, 2016 Panelist, Los Angeles, California

• Women On The Verge: Authentic Voices From Outsider Lit (Eve Connell, Iris Berry, Viva Las Vegas, Pat Janowski) Four authors (three women, one androgyne) from irreverent small presses engage in vibrant discussion of unconventional creative paths. Fueled by life forces (beautiful, cruel, sexy, mundane), these fearless voices approach craft with raw content choices, unique writing processes, and personal muses that conspire to delight and repel. Insights into cultural acceptance (or the lack thereof) provide a snapshot of challenges in navigating the literary world as writers hellbent on avoiding the mainstream.

Associated Writing Programs, 2015 Panelist, Minneapolis, Minnesota

•   Telling Stories About Your Hometown.  (René Steinke, Eric May, David Grand, Elizabeth Gaffney, Christine Rice)  Five authors discuss the challenges in writing fiction based in one's hometown (whether home is a small town or a city). How do you embrace or avoid nostalgia? How do you fictionalize facts without losing authenticity of place? How do you use a specific landscape to create the alternate hometown of your imagination? What are the implications of writing in the tradition of Sherwood Anderson, Carson McCullers, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez? Are some hometowns better suited to fiction than others?

Columbia Scholastic Press Association, New York, NY

• session presenter CSPA Annual Scholastic Convention (2004 to 2015)

• publication judge (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)


Rice, Christine. "The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Jaimee Wriston Colbert." The Rumpus, December 25, 2016,

Rice, Christine. "10 Reasons You Damn Well Better Staple That Short Story You Just Handed In." McSweeney's Internet Tendency, December 5, 2016,

Rice, Christine. "Hypertext Interview With Desiree Cooper." Hypertext Magazine, July 15, 2016,

Rice, Christine. "Hypertext Interview With Zoe Zolbrod." Hypertext Magazine, July 11, 2016,

Rice, Christine. "Hypertext Interview With Karen Halvorsen Schreck." Hypertext Magazine, July 6, 2016,

Rice, Christine. "Hypertext Interview With Scott Atkinson On BELT Magazine's "Happy Anyway, A Flint Anthology", June 27, 2016,

Rice, Christine. "Hypertext Interview With Donna Miscolta." Hypertext Magazine, May 26,

Rice, Christine. "Hypertext Interview With Toni Nealie." Hypertext Magazine, May 4, 2016,

Rice, Christine. "Hypertext Interview With Rebecca Makkai." Hypertext Magazine, April 20, 2016,

Rice, Christine. "Hypertext Interview With Emily Gray Tedrowe." Hypertext Magazine, April 5, 2016,

Rice, Christine. "Hypertext Interview With Susanne Scanlon." Hypertext Magazine, February 3, 2016,

Rice, Christine, Swarm Theory, University of Hell Press, Portland/San Diego, April 2016

Rice, Christine, “Undesirable Interruptions” The Roanoke Review, Roanoke College, March 2015

Rice, Christine, “Exacting Revenge”The Literary Review, Farleigh Dickinson University, February 2015

Rice, Christine, “Atmospheric Disturbances” Rusted Radishes Beirut Literary and Art Journal, American University of Beirut, December 2014

Rice, Christine, “Known Issues” in Bird’s Thumb (, August 2014

(See for complete list of author interviews.)



“Guilty as Sin.” F Magazine, 2005

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“Remember That Man Who Was Your Daddy?”  Pigeon Magazine, 2004

“The Mess Grief Caused.”  Emergence II, 1994 (multiple)

Hair Trigger (multiple)

NOTE:  “Two Men and a Truck” won second place for Experimental Fiction in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s national competition for literary magazines, 1997


WBEZ, Eight Forty-Eight, February 2009

WBEZ, Eight Forty-Eight, March 2008


Managing Editor, Hypertext Magazine, Chicago, IL(2011 to date)

• responsible for creation, management and selection of published pieces in this online literary magazine that publishes interviews, fiction, creative nonfiction, satire & humor, poetry and visual art

ChicagoNow Blogger, Chicago, IL(2011 to date)

• responsible for writing blog posts for the Chicago Tribune platform blog titled What Would Royko Do?  (

Faculty Editor, Hair Trigger 23-36, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL   (2001 to present)

- Hair Trigger publishes the finest graduate and undergraduate writing from Columbia College Chicago’s Fiction Writing Department

• responsible for managing student editorial board and coordinating production of printed book