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Christie Grimes

writing Projects

Seeking Representation and Placement

Sackets, Sinking (series)

When an Army soldier moves into a historical village in Northern New York to recuperate and work from a local base, she expects cold weather and small town politics. She has no idea that one of her neighbors is an ancient doll with supernatural powers and the petulance of a child- a child who has just lost her caretaker.  

 T-Day (novel)

Ever since Callie's mother died, it has been up to her and her brother to keep the house together, even as their father spends the last of their money prepping for the end of times. But when orange algae appears along the Texas Gulf Coast, their family's prepper training will be tested as the emergency pulls them farther apart . When they are faced the chance to save others, each of them must choose between family, safety, and the chance to keep others from suffering.

Dinoland (novel) 

20 years after Karen left her family’s decaying dinosaur park, her mother finds her hiding three states away from her ex-con brother, disabled son, family tragedy and the lies she told to leave it behind.

Consuming the Body (stories)

Characters on the fringe—a blue tattooed lady, a sword swallower, a hypochondriac priest, a widower with vitiligio who must live in the dark—surround those who fight to appear ordinary when their lives are anything but. Their struggles reveal the need for human connection, the fear of being alone, and the depths we will go to find someone who can recognize our humanity, even if it’s imagined.

Publications

  • Last to Leave, chapbook with Jane's Boy Press
  • Finding Fruit Among Thorns, Poetry Collection forthcoming with Jane's Boy Press
  • “The Safety of Burrows” (story) forthcoming in the Paterson Literary Review
  • “Taking in Strays” (story) forthcoming in The Frank Martin Review
  • "Swimming Too Deep" (narrative poem) in Houston Poetry Fest 2015 anthology
  • "The Jukebox Never Has the Songs I Want" and "The Heritage of Leon Clovis Grimes" (narrative poems) forthcoming in South85
  • "Drift" (narrative poem) forthcoming in Ishka Bibble
  • "Marie Antoinette Opens a Pastry Shop in Paris" (narrative poem) in  Joys of the Table (anthology)
  • "The Window” (story) 2 Bridges Review 
  • “Consuming the Body”  (story) Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts
  • “Sugar Maple” (story) Fiddleblack 
  • "The Ending Matters" (story) Passages North
  • "The Swallower" (story) Permafrost
  • "A Love Story" (story) Harpur Palate

Awards

Story collection, Consuming the Body, was a finalist for both the St. Lawrence Book Award contest held by Black Lawrence Press and for the Permafrost First Annual Book Prize in Fiction

Stories noted as finalists in contests hosted by literary journals including:  Glimmer Train, Gulf Coast, and The Cincinnatti Review

Education

20082013

Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing

Binghamton University (SUNY)
20032006

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Texas State University
20012003

Master of Arts in English

Florida State University
19962000

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Regis University

Work experience

20072016

Assistant Professor (current)

Jefferson Community College

Taught writing, composition, literature and film. 

20062007

Office Coordinator

Texas School Safety Center

Designed programming, travel and conferences for school safety instruction and preparedness drills. 

20032006

Graduate Instructor

Texas State University

Taught composition and literature while attending graduate school.

20022003

Project Assistant

Quest Engineering

Summarized trial depositions for an engineer who created accident reconstructions. Completed necessary research and profiles for trial preparation.