Chris Wiewiora is a Masters of Fine Arts graduate student in Iowa State University’s Creative Writing and Environment Program. Chris has served as the managing editor of the literary magazine Flyway and the President of the graduate student organization AgArts, and has been a member of the Bluff Creek Bee Club. As a teaching assistant in the speech communication department, Chris champions his undergraduate students’ voices in public speaking.
In the community of Ames, Chris has volunteered as a summer instructor of creative writing at the public library and restarted the Creative Writing Club at the high school. His fiancée Lauren Zastrow works at Practical Farmers of Iowa. Together, committed to a sustainable food lifestyle, they share membership in Wheatsfield Co-Op.
Chris’ writing focuses on the themes of food, faith, illness, genealogy, sexuality, and masculinity. He mostly writes nonfiction, which has recently been published in Make, Slice, Gastronomica, Sports Literate, nerve, the Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, and the Huffington Post. His work has received special commendations in Best American Sports Writing 2012 and Best of the Net (2011, 2013). Chris’ essay, “This is Tossing,” was anthologized in Best Food Writing 2013.
Additionally, Chris has contributed more than a dozen essays to The Good Men Project and has written “publishing tip” columns for thereviewreview (noted on Poets & Writers’ blog). His writing has earned him admission to the Oxford American’s inaugural Summit for Ambitious Writers and a scholarship to River Teeth’s Nonfiction Conference at Ashland University. Currently, Chris sits on the editorial board of BULL: Men’s Fiction.
At ISU, Chris’ thesis, a memoir-in-essays, explores the Appalachian heritage of his birthplace, Buckhannon, West Virginia; his upbringing in an evangelical Christian missionary family in Warsaw, Poland inside the “Iron Curtain”; and his family’s subsequent dislocating move to Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Ashley Inguanta)