Chris Belden

Chris Belden was born and raised in Canton, Ohio. He attended the University of Michigan, where he received a BA in Film & Video Studies. After college he worked lousy day jobs for several years while playing drums in the band The Slang. He later moved to New York City, where he worked in the publishing industry and started writing fiction in earnest. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including American Fiction, SN Review, and Skidrow Penthouse. He is coauthor of the feature film Amnesia, and has also written extensively for the stage. He received an MFA from the Fairfield University MFA Program, and has taught writing at Fairfield University, as well as at such nontraditional venues as senior centers, soup kitchens, and a maximum-security prison. Belden lives in Connecticut with his family.

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Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Write and read every day.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. And you are . . .?

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Gatsby.

Q. What were your previous occupations?

A. Teacher, book publicist, department store clerk, surgical orderly . . .

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