books

Delta 88 (Split Oak Press, 2013), selected by Donald Ray Pollock as winner of the 2011 Split Oak Press Flash Prose Contest. It's available here in a print edition, and from Greencup Books in an unlimited eBook edition.

"In these stone-whetted and machete-whittled sting fictions, Christopher Chambers forges, from the idioms of stamped enameled steel and patina-pocked chrome, the narrative poetry of hard-knocked goddamned gorgeous vernacular. In Delta 88, he bondos the new noir southern gothic gloss with the crystal methods of the rust-belt’s rusty rust. These silvered, slivered fictions do the voodoo of microsurgery, opening up the four-barreled carb, the congested knocking chambers of the clouded engine blocked heart." —Michael Martone

"These shorts are spare on words, but not on heart and insight. Chambers’ writing does what good writing should do: offer us characters who remind us of who we’ve forgotten we are. The men in Delta 88 are rendered with a tender, brutal honesty, and what a pleasure it is to see their quiet, brilliant failures unfold before us so much like our own lives." —Jennifer S. Davis

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anthologies

“Highway 61 Revisited Again, or, Gone South: Creating Place in the Twenty-First Century” North-South: Essays on Gender, Race, and Region (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012)

“O Happy Living Things” in Something in the Water (Portals Press, 2011)

“Dear Maddox” in Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum: Critical and Creative Responses to Everette Maddox (Xavier Review Press, 2007)

“Hemispheres” in Maple Street Rag III (Portals Press, 2007)

“Carl, Under His Car” in Tartts II (Livingston Press, 2006)

“Pelican & Verrett” in Intersection / New Orleans (Press Street, 2006)

“Tattoo” in Knoxville Bound (Metro Pulse Publishing, 2004)

“Aardvark to Aztec” in Best American Mystery Stories (Houghton Mifflin, 2004)

“Summertime” French Quarter Fiction (Light of New Orleans Publishing, 2003)

“The Bicycle at the Bridge” The International Anthology of Hypertext (SUNY Press, 2004) 

selected publications (print)

“Amplifier” The Southern Review

“New Songs and Old Standards” First Draft

“Same Old Paradise” CopperNickel

“To Stay in New Orleans” Callaloo

“On Montegut Street” Green Mountains Review

“O Happy Living Things” Short Fiction

“My Sylvie, Her Paradise” Washington Square

“Laundry” The Normal School

“Junky” sleepingfish

“Cocaine Nights” sleepingfish

“Bats Out of Hell” sleepingfish

“A Million Little Pieces” sleepingfish

“Vulcan” Portland Review

“Natchez” Portland Review

“Independence Day” Constance

“Apocalypse Now” Constance

“Accident of the Year” Argosy Magazine

“College Football” Quarterly West

“Wake Up, Time to Die” Neotrope

“The Voice Imitator by Thomas Bernhard" Rhino

“Sportsmen” Hayden’s Ferry Review

“Hell’s Angels” Hayden’s Ferry Review 

“Spaghetti Western” Quick Fiction

“Take the Wheel” Washington Square

“Bluesman” Rio Grande Review

“Aardvark to Aztec” Washington Square

“Hank & Zelda Chance to Meet” The Madison Review

“Carl, Under His Car” The Gettysburg Review

“Vietnam” The Carolina Quarterly

“Fade Out” The Carolina Quarterly

“Meatcutter” Notre Dame Review

“The Beatles” Notre Dame Review

“Muscle Car” Notre Dame Review

“Happy Hour” Bogg

“The Elements of Fiction & the Recline of Southern Literature” Quarter After Eight

“Postcard” Fourteen Hills

“Volkswagon” Happy

“Still Life With Pilot” Confrontation

“Family” Florida Review

“The Velvet Underground”  Quarter After Eight

“Crime” Quarter After Eight

“Drama” Quarter After Eight

“Narcotics Anonymous” Quarter After Eight

“The End and Then Some” The Tuscaloosa News

“I Think About the Story” Controlled Burn

“The Color of Her Eyes” Permafrost

“I Picture the Bullet” Quarterly West

“Inter/views: Charlie Kaufman & Rick Moody” Denver Quarterly

“Inter/views: Hunter S. Thompson & Courtney Love” Ninth Letter

"Liberal Arts" BOMB Magazine

“New Orleans Dream River Songs” Kestrel

“Mardi Gras Trumps Terror: Code Purple and Gold” Newsday

Book Review of Soul Resin by C W Cannon New Orleans Review

“More Editorial Effrontery” Small Press Review

Book Review of The Lake by Daniel Villasenor Black Warrior Review 

“Exquisite Horse” Black Warrior Review

“Photographs by F S McKnight” Black Warrior Review

“At the Crossroads: The Blues in Alabama” Black Warrior Review

“Troubador’s Tale” Twin Cities Reader

“Drugstore Cowboys” Book Review of Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson and Night People by Barry Gifford Twin Cities Reader

publications (online)

“Memphis” Fiction Southeast

“Maggie Gyllenhaal vs. Robyn Hitchcock” Blazevox

“Barry Hannah vs. Barbet Schroeder” Blazevox

“Jorie Graham vs. Johnny Depp” Blazevox

“Michel Houellebecq vs. Lou Reed” Blazevox

“Highway 61 Revisited Again: American Beauty, South” American Beauty South

“My Father Holds the Door for Yoko Ono” American Life in Poetry

“Scar Baby” Pindeldyboz

“The Autopsy of Trout Fishing in America” Pindeldyboz

“Spaghetti Western” Pindeldyboz

“Guardian Angel” The 2nd Hand

“Tattoo” The 2nd Hand

“Engaged to Death” Diagram

“Heavy Metal” Brevity

Book Review of The Voice Imitator by Thomas Bernhard 3rd Bed 

“Burning Tuscaloosa.” Exquisite Corpse

awards

The Best American Essays 2016 ("Amplifier" named Notable Essay of 2015)

Pushcart Prize nomination for "Amplifier" (The Southern Review) 2015

Moon City Press Book Contest finalist 2015

Split Oak Press Flash Prose Contest winner 2011

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship 2008

Pushcart Prize nomination (Rhino) 2003

Pushcart Prize Special Mention (Gettysburg Review) 2002

Mary McCarthy Prize finalist (Sarabande Books) 2000

Pushcart Prize nomination (Quarter After Eight) 2000

The Atlantic Monthly Fiction Contest 2nd Place 1999

Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Short Fiction Contest winner 1999

University of Alabama Alumni Fiction Award 1999

Pushcart Prize nomination (Quarterly West) 1997

Mississippi Review Prize Special Merit in fiction 1997

University of Alabama Alumni Fiction Award 1996

interviews, etc.

NEA Author's Statement

Knox Writers' House interview

“Stories From the Front Lines: Fourteen Editors Tell Their Tales” (interview by Nat Sobel) Poets & Writers Magazine