Roosevelt University’s New Creative Writing Program Director to Read on September 23 at Gage Gallery


CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–September 16, 2013.  Christian TeBordo, noted writer and author of experimental fiction, has joined Roosevelt University as director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.

His most recent book, The Awful Possibilities, was published by the Chicago independent press, Featherproof Books. The book of short stories was nominated as an American Library Association Notable Book and received accolades from Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

Kicking off Roosevelt’s Gage Gallery Reading Series, Tebordo will read from his work at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 in Roosevelt’s Gage Gallery, 18 S.Michigan Ave., Chicago.

Born in Albany, NY, and most recently a resident of Philadelphia, TeBordo is the author of three novels, We Go Liquid, Better Ways of Being Dead and The Conviction and Subsequent Life of Savior Neck. TeBordo is known for delving deeply into weird and crazy perspectives of his characters – like the girl among kidney thieves who masters the art of forgetting and the high school boy who is thinking about a school shooting because his counselor wants him to become an accountant, both who are featured in The Awful Possibilities.

As head of Roosevelt’s Creative Writing Program, TeBordo has a goal of attracting creative writers from across the United States as well as from other parts of the world.  He spent the last six years as associate director of strategic communications at Drexel University in Philadelphia and has taught creative writing and literature at Temple University, the University of the Arts and Bryn Mawr College. His short fiction, poetry and criticism also have been published in Ninth Letter, The Lifted Brow (Australia), The Diagram, The Collagist and the Kenyon Review Online, among others.

“Christian TeBordo brings experimentation and a new kind of creative direction to our program and our students,” said Lawrence Howe, chair of the Department of Literature and Languages at Roosevelt. “He takes creativity seriously and to new heights and also has a practical, resourceful side that will help grow our program and support our students.”

Free and open to the public, the reading will be the first in a series being presented this fall by the MFA in Creative Writing Program, the University’s literary magazine, Oyez Review, and the Department of Literature and Languages at Roosevelt University.

For more information, contact [email protected] or 312-341-2417.