About the Author
Chris McCormick is the author of a novel, The Gimmicks (Harper, 2020), a New York Times Editors' Choice, and a short story collection, Desert Boys, winner of the 2017 Stonewall Book Award—Barbara Gittings Literature Award. His essays and stories have appeared in The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, and The Southern Review. The son of an Armenian mother and an American father, he grew up in the Antelope Valley on the California side of the Mojave Desert before earning his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MFA from the University of Michigan. He is Associate Professor in the creative writing program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and is at work on his next book.
Books by Chris McCormick
"A debut of rare depth and brilliance"
"Heartrending ... with enormous scope and heart" —ShelfAwareness
"Too fantastic not to wish it were true"
New York Times Editors' Choice
"Bold and intoxicating" — Booklist
"Achingly good" — Kirkus (starred)
"A lovely, quiet book by a promising new voice" — Publishers Weekly
Winner of the Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association
Chris McCormick is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Chris McCormick is a fiscal year 2022 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Essays & Stories
On the Armenian Diaspora in Glendale, California, for The Atlantic.
"Mother, Godfather, Baby, Priest" in The Offing, about home and memory
"On Mentorship: Remembering Bharati Mukherjee" for Powell's
"Shelter" in LitHub, about friendship in the desert
On being half-Armenian in an Armenian language course in college, for Tin House
On writing The Gimmicks, for The Rumpus
Chris McCormick is represented by Julia Kardon of HG Literary in New York, NY.
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