Muse and the Marketplace 2012 Keynote Speaker Confirmed

You heard it here first! Grub Street's tradition of top-flight keynote speakers at the annual Muse and the Marketplace literary conference continues. We are proud to announce that the incomparable Julia Alvarez -- author of over 21 novels, essays, books for young readers and poetry -- will address the conference over lunch on Sunday, May 6, 2012. Ms. Alvarez will have just published her newest book in April 2012, a work of non-fiction about a friend's wedding in Haiti that takes Julia there before and after the earthquake. We've been trying to get Ms. Alvarez to Grub Street for over five years and are thrilled that the stars have finally aligned and her extremely busy schedule will allow her to join us. Information on the conference will be posted at in the coming months, but until then, save the date and start (re-)reading the work of this wonderful author and dynamic speaker. Thank you, Julia!

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About the Author

Christopher Castellani is the author of five books, most recently the novel Leading Men, a work of alt-historical literary fiction about the relationship between Frank Merlo and Tennessee Williams, which was published in 2019 by Viking Press and featured in Publishers Weekly, People, Entertainment Weekly, Interview, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, where it was named an Editors’ Choice. Algonquin published his three previous novels: A Kiss from Maddalena, which won the 2004 Massachusetts Book Award; The Saint of Lost Things (2005), which was long-listed for the IMPAC/Dublin award in 2005 and was also published abroad; and All This Talk of Love (2013), which was a New York Times Editors' Choice and a finalist for the 2014 Ferro-Grumley Literary Award. His short story, "The Living," was published as a Ploughshares solo and was a Distinguished story in The Best American Short Stories 2014.


Christopher is also the author of The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story, a collection of essays on the craft of point of view in fiction, which was published by Graywolf Press in 2016 as part of its prestigious “Art Of…” series, edited by Charles Baxter.


In 2014, Christopher was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a Level One Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for Leading Men.


Over the years, Christopher has contributed essays on creative writing to numerous anthologies, including Naming The World, edited by Bret Anthony Johnston, Now Write! edited by Sherry Ellis, and Mentors, Muses and Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives, edited by Elizabeth Benedict. He has also published essays and reviews in The LA Times, O, LitHub, Italian Americana, and The Boston Globe.


Christopher has been involved with Grub Street since 2000, when, upon graduation from the MFA program at Boston University, he was hired to teach his first fiction workshop. He has since held many positions at the organization, including head instructor, board member, and Executive Director. In his current role as Artistic Director, his focus is on events taking place on our new Writers’ Stage on the waterfront, as well as our annual conference, “The Muse and the Marketplace.” He works closely with our major partners Porter Square Books and MassPoetry and other collaborators to develop various speaker and performance series.


When he's not at Grub Street, Christopher is a sought-after teacher and speaker. He is on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the national YoungArts program based in Miami, and the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College, which is frequently ranked as the top MFA program in the country. He has given readings and presented on numerous craft topics at dozens of writing conferences, centers, colleges, and universities, including the Iowa Writers Workshop, Swarthmore, Harvard, Tufts, UConn, StoryStudio, Lighthouse Writers, Allegheny, CUNY, Brown, AWP, the Key West Literary Seminars, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria.


Christopher holds a BA in English from Swarthmore College and is ABD in English Literature at Tufts. In 2015, he won the Barnes & Noble / Poets & Writers "Writer for Writers" Award in recognition of his service and contributions to the literary community.

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