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Cris Mazza

Interview with Cris Mazza

Animal Acts


Former Virgin

Girl Beside Him

Is It Sexual Harassment Yet?

Revelation Countdown

Chick Lit: Postfeminist Fiction (ed)

Chick Lit 2: No Chick Vics (ed)

Cris Mazza is the author of a dozen novels and collections of fiction. Her most recent books are the novels Disability and Homeland, and a memoir titled Indigenous / Growing Up Californian. Among her other notable titles are Dog People, Your Name Here:___, plus the critically acclaimed Is It Sexual Harassment Yet? She was also co-editor of Chick-Lit: Postfeminist Fiction, and Chick-Lit 2 (No Chick Vics), anthologies of women's fiction and was a recipient of an NEA fellowship. Mazza's first novel, How to Leave a Country, while still in manuscript won the PEN / Nelson Algren Award for book-length fiction. The judges included Studs Terkel and Grace Paley. Since then, Mazza's fiction has been reviewed numerous times in The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, MS Magazine, Chicago Tribune Books, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Voice Literary Supplement, The San Francisco Review of Books, Time Out: London, and many other book review publications. In spring 1996, Mazza was the cover feature in Poets & Writers Magazine, and in December 2004 Poets & Writers published her essay “Chick-Lit and the Perversion of a Genre.” The upcoming (October 2005) Contemporary Literary Criticism as well as Routledge Press's Chick Lit: The New Woman's Fiction (October 2005) will feature Mazza's essay on Chick-Lit.

A native of Southern California, Cris Mazza grew into early adulthood in San Diego County. Shenow lives 50 miles west of Chicago and is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.