Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani holds an MA in creative writing from Boston University, a BA in English from Swarthmore College, and is ABD in English Literature at Tufts. His first novel, A Kiss from Maddalena, (Algonquin, 2003) won the 2004 Massachusetts Book Award, was a Top Ten BookSense pick, and has been published in five countries. Chris has been twice a fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and currently works as Artistic Director of Grub Street Writers, Inc., Boston’s only independent writing center. His second novel, The Saint of Lost Things, was published by Algonquin in October 2005. For more about Chris, visit

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