Chris Wiewiora

Chris Wiewiora


Reader & Writer

Short Bio: Chris Wiewiora is from Orlando, Florida. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University. He mostly writes nonfiction. He tries to read 100 books each year. Currently, Chris lives with his wife Lauren out West.

Long Bio: Chris Wiewiora was born in Buckhannon, West Virginia. He spent his childhood in Warsaw, Poland where his parents served as Evangelical missionaries under the “Iron Curtain.” Later, his parents moved their family to Orlando, Florida where he grew up.

Chris received Honors in the Major from the University of Central Florida where he worked as an editor at The Florida Review. Chris received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University where he served as the managing editor of Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment. After graduating, the National Endowment for Humanities deemed him a “Humanities Scholar” and Humanities Iowa awarded him a grant for hosting the radio show BOOK CENTRAL where he interviewed authors writing from the Central Time Zone.

In college, Chris foamed milk on espresso machines at a corporate coffeeshop. During a gap year, he tossed 30-inch pies up in the floury air of Lazy Moon Pizzeria. After earning his MFA, he has worked a variety of odd jobs including crossing guard, dog walker, carpenter’s assistant, bus driver, Master Gardener’s apprentice, dishwasher, urban farm manager, and white water river crew guide.

In the winter of 2010, I applied to MFA programs in creative writing and I wanted to train myself to read more for grad school. I needed to keep myself accountable. So in 2011, I began to keep an annual reading log. After graduating in spring 2014, I continued to keep count.

I only count books I completely finish. For instance, if I don't finish one poem in a collection, then I don't count it until I read the remainder. However, I do list (without counting) books that I gave up reading because of my boredom, confusion, or frustration. I tried to read at least 20% of their pages before giving up on those books. Finally, I continue to count books I've re-read through the years.

Below is a key for you to recognize genres, mediums, and my counting of books:

[f] = fiction
[nf] = nonfiction
[p] = poetry

[a] = audiobook
[c] = comic

x = additional times read
-- = after reading at least 20%, became and/or remained bored, confused, frustrated, and I so gave up on it

Books Read (so far) in 2018

#100 Mourning by Eduardo Halfon [f]
#99 The Keep by Jennifer Egan [f]
#98 A Key to Treehouse Living by Elliot Reed [f]
#97 It Turns Out Like This by Stephen Coyne [f]
-- The Devil in the Valley by Castle Freeman, Jr. [f]
-- Sip by Brian Allen Carr [f]
#96 Once Upon A River by Bonnie Jo Campbell [f]
#95 Song for the River by Philip Connors [nf]
#94 No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy [f] x2
#93 As You Wish by Cary Elwes [nf]
#92 The Blurry Years by Eleanor Kriseman [f]
-- Nothing by Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon
#91 Double Indemnity by James M. Cain [f]
#90 Mine by Sarah Viren [nf]
#89 Silence by John Biguenet [nf]
#88 Twilight by William Gay [f]
#87 The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches by Matsuo Bashō [nf/p]
#86 Thumbsucker by Walter Kirn [f]
-- All Systems Red by Martha Wells [f]
#85 Enon by Paul Harding [f]
#84 In the Café of Lost Youth by Patrick Modiano [f]
#83 Paris Nocturne by Patrick Modiano [f]
#82 The Art of History by Christopher Bram [nf]
#81 The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard [f]
#80 The Desert Year by Joseph Wood Krutch [nf]
#79 Naked Came the Manatee by various authors in the Miami Herald's Tropic magazine [f]
#78 Fat City by Leonard Gardner [f]
#77 Japanese Notebooks by Igort [c/nf]
#76 Happy Baby by Stephen Elliott [f]
#75 The Art of Mystery by Maud Casey [nf]
#74 The Twilight Children written by Gilbert Hernandez and art by Darwyn Cooke [c/f]
#73 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and art by Robert Hack [c/f]
#72 The Wooden Sea by Jonathan Carroll [f]
#71 Sleep of Memory by Patrick Modiano [f]
#70 The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain [f]
#69 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rolwing [f] x4
#68 Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham [f]
#67 Roughneck by Jeff Lemire [c/f]
#66 The Red Hourglass by Gordon Grice [nf]
#65 Identity Crisis written by Brad Meltzer and pencilled by Rags Morales [c/f]
#64 Sometimes I Think About It by Stephen Elliott [nf]
#63 Black Wings Has My Angel by Elliott Chaze [f]
#62 Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth [f]
#61 My 1980s by Wayne Koestenbaum [nf]
#60 In A Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes [f]
#59 Thunderhead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child [f]
#58 Solar Bones by Mike McCormack [f]
#57 The Gloaming by Melanie Finn [f]
#56 Angels by Denis Johnson [f]
#55 We Live in Water by Jess Walter [f] x2
-- How to Get into the Twin Palms by Karolina Waclawiak [f]
#54 Seven Days in Rio by Francis Levy [f]
-- The Last Report on the Miracles of Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich [f]
#53 Map by Wisława Szymborska [p]
#52 The Line Becomes A River by Francisco Cantú [nf]
#51 The Incantations of Daniel Johnston illustrated by Ricardo Cavolo and written by Scott McClanahan [c]
#50 Days of Reading by Marcel Proust [nf]
-- Flight by Sherman Alexie [f]
#49 Watch Me Go by Mark Wisniewski [f]
#48 In Favor of the Sensitive Man by Anaïs Nin [nf]
#47 what is this thing called love by Kim Addonizio [p]
#46 Batman: The Dark Knight Master Race by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello [c/f]
#45 All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy [f] x4
#44 Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again by Frank Miller [c/f]
#43 A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman [f]
#42 Fire Season by Philip Connors [nf] x5
#41 Dynamite by Anders Carlson-Wee [p]
#40 I Know Your Kind by William Brewer [p]
--Amigoland by Oscar Casares [f]
--Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro [f]
#39 The Drop by Dennis Lehane [f]
#38 Bringing Out the Dead by Joe Connelly [f]
#37 Found Audio by N.J. Campbell [f]
#36 Chinatown Beat by Henry Chang [f]
#35 Hoop by Brian Doyle [nf]
#34 Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman [f]
#33 After Dark by Haruki Murakami [f]
#32 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold [f]
#31 In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin [f]
#30 The Kiss edited by Brian Turner [nf/f]
#29 Hellboy: Seeds of Destruction by Mike Mignola [c/f]
#28 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller [c/f]
#27 Batman : Year One written by Frank Miller and illustrated by David Mazzucchelli [c/f]
#26 Lightning Rods by Helen DeWitt [f]
#25 The Art of Death by Edwidge Danticat [nf]
#24 Love Songs for the Quarantined by K.L. Cook [f]
#23 Swoop by Hailey Leithauser [p]
#22 Building Stories by Chris Ware [c/f]
#21 Essays of E.B. White [nf]
#20 Best American Comics 2017 guest edited by Ben Katchor [c/f&nf]
#19 How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu [f]
#18 Grief is the thing with Feathers by Max Porter [f]
#17 Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls [f]
#16 Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado [f]
#15 Nomadland by Jessica Brueder [nf]
#14 Stories by Garrison Keillor [a/f]
#13 A Wild Swan by Michael Cunningham [a/f]
#12 My Documents by Alejandro Zambra [f]
#11 The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean [nf]
#10 Braided Creek by Ted Kooser & Jim Harrison [p]
#9 Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell [f]
#8 The Man Who Laughs by David Hine & Mark Stafford [c/f]
#7 The Writing Life by Annie Dillard [nf] x3
#6 Sourdough by Robin Sloan [f]
#5 Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris [a/nf&f]
#4 Picnic, Lightning by Billy Collins [p]
#3 The Black Dahlia by James Ellory [f]
#2 The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy [f]
#1 The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit [nf]

Books Read in 2017

#104 An Event in Autumn by Henning Mankell [f]
#103 Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich [f]
#102 Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin [f]
#101 The Road by Cormac McCarthy [f] x5
#100 Writing Science in Plain English by Anne E. Greene [nf]
#99 The Elements of Editing by Arthur Plotnik [nf]
#98 Books by Larry McMurtry [nf]
#97 Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy [f]
-- Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo [nf/p]
#96 Coming of Age at the End of Nature edited by Julie Dunlap and Susan A. Cohen [nf]
#95 Best American Essays 2016 guest edited by Jonathan Franzen [nf]
#94 All the Wrong Places by Philip Connors [nf]
#93 Winter by Rick Bass [nf]
-- Five Kingdoms by Kelle Groom [p]
#92 Maximum Bob by Elmore Leonard [f]
#91 Stone Desert by Craig Leland Childs [nf]
#90 Tinkers by Paul Harding [f] x3
#89 Daydreamer by Ian McEwan [f]
#88 Border Music by Robert James Waller [f]
#87 House of Light by Mary Oliver [p]
#86 On Writing by Stephen King [nf]
#85 The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins [c/f]
#84 Nine Inches by Tom Perrotta [a/f]
#83 The End of Everything by Megan Abbott [f]
#82 Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie [f]
#81 How We Speak to One Another edited by Ander Monson and Craig Reinbold [nf]
#80 Waking by Ron Rash [p]
#79 Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda, translated by W.S. Merwin [p]
#78 A Reader's Manifesto by B.R. Myers [nf]
#77 Rapture by Susan Minot [f]
-- White Dialogues by Bennet Sims [f]
-- Carrion Birds by Urban Waite [f]
#76 The Wilding by Ben Percy [f]
#75 Selected Poems by Richard Hugo [p]
#74 The Risen by Ron Rash [f]
#73 Mort(e) by Robert Repino [f]
#72 Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá [c/f]
#71 Insatiable by Asa Akire [nf]
#70 Into the Field by Clare Walker Leslie, John Tallmadge, and Tom Wessels [nf]
#69 Joe's Word by Elizabeth Stromme [f]
#68 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien [f] x2
#67 Tank Girl by Jamie Hewlett [c/f]
#66 The Old Man Who Read Love Stories by Luis Sepúlveda [f]
#65 Crashed by Timothy Hallinan [f]
#64 Stranger Than Fiction by Chuck Palahniuk [nf]
#63 Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere by Poe Ballantine [nf]
#62 Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey [p]
#61 In Search of Small Gods by Jim Harrison [p]
#60 Cotton Tenants (original Fortune magazine manuscript for Let Us Now Praise Famous Men) by James Agee [nf]
#59 My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf [c/nf]
#58 Nobody Move by Denis Johnson [f]
#57 Bird Cloud by Annie Proulx [nf]
#56 The Lice by W.S. Merwin [p]
#55 Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine by Thom Jones [f]
#54 Mercy Songs by Anders and Kai Carlson-Wee [p]
#53 This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz [f] x2
#52 Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones [p]
#51 All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy [f] x3
#50 Four New Messages by Joshua Cohen [f]
#49 The New West Reader edited by Philip Connors [nf]
#48 Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine [c/f]
#47 Nutshell by Ian McEwan [f]
#46 Glitz by Elmore Leonard [f]
#45 BOMB by Ashley Inguanta [p]
#44 Hunger by Roxane Gay [nf]
#43 Child of God by Cormac McCarthy [f]
#42 Fire Season by Philip Connors [nf] x4
#41 Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss [f]
#40 Waterlines by Ann Weiler Walka [p]
#39 A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter [f]
#38 The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White [f]
#37 Savages by Don Winslow [f]
#36 Testimony edited by Stephen Trimble and Terry Tempest Williams [nf]
#35 The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fish by Melissa Bank [f]
-- Rabbit, Run by John Updike [f]
#34 I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well by James Allen Hall [nf]
--Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, illustrated by Matt Kish [f]
#33 Ghost Town by Robert Coover [f]
#32 Brief Encounters edited by Judith Kitchen and Dinah Lenny [nf]
#31 Letting Loose the Hounds by Brady Udall [f]
#30 Cairns by David B. Wiliams [nf]
#29 Bluets by Maggie Nelson [nf] x2
#28 No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy [f] x2
#27 Raven's Exile by Ellen Meloy [nf]
#26 Shaped by Wind and Water by Ann Haymond Zwinger [nf]
#25 Stitches by David Means [c]
#24 Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates [nf]
--The Good Brother by Chris Offutt [f]
#23 The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez [c/f]
#22 A Life Above Water by Doug Van Gundy [p]
#21 Don't Let Me Be Lonely by Claudia Rankine [nf]
#20 South and West by Joan Didion [nf]
#19 Madness, Rack, and Honey by Mary Ruefle [nf]
#18 So Sad Today by Melissa Broder [nf]
#17 Welding with Children by Tim Gautreaux [f]
#16 Cross-Pollination by Gary Paul Nabhan [nf]
#15 Slade House by David Mitchell [f]
#14 Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock [f]
#13 Once in the West by Christian Wiaman [p]
#12 Garden Time by W.S. Merwin [p]
#11 The Anthropology of Turquoise by Ellen Meloy [nf] x2
#10 The Graybar Hotel by Curtis Dawkins [f]
#9 Bluets by Maggie Nelson [nf]
#8 Eveningland by Michael Knight [f]
#7 Mr. Prenumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan [a/f] x2
#6 Erratic Facts by Kay Ryan [p]
#5 A Visit from the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan [f]
#4 The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black [a/f]
#3 Winter Hours by Mary Oliver [nf]
#2 Southwestern Homelands by William Kittredge [nf]
#1 The Road by Cormac McCarthy [f] x4

Books Read in 2016

#90 The Sellout by Paul Beatty [f]
#89 The Outermost House by Henry Beston [nf] x2
#88 Mongrels by Stephen Gram Jones [f]
#87 Teaching a Stone to Talk by Annie Dillard [nf]
#86 Going After Caccaito by Tim O'Brien [f]
#85 Bread by Lisa Knopp [nf]
#84 Letters from the Country by Carol Bly [nf]
#83 The Black Veil by Rick Moody [nf]
#82 Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn [f]
#81 Sleepwalk by Adrian Tomine [c/f]
#80 Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams [nf]
#79 The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen [nf]
#78 What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander [f]
#77 White Tiger on Snow Mountain by David Gordon [f]
#76 Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down by Anne Valente [f]
#75 Blue Pastures by Mary Oliver [nf] x2
#74 In Winter's Kitchen by Beth Dooley [nf]
#73 The Great Leader by Jim Harrison [f]
#72 Every Kind of Wanting by Gina Frangello [f]
#71 Tell Me Exactly What Happened by Caroline Burau [nf]
#70 If Bees Are Few edited by James P. Lenfestey [p]
#69 That Night by Alice McDermott [f]
#68 Thrill Me by Benjamin Percy [nf]
#67 Dancing in Dreamtime by Scott Russell Sanders [f]
#66 Skin River by Steven Sidor [f]
#65 One-Hundred-Knuckled Fist by Dustin M. Hoffman [f]
#64 Plainsong by Ken Haruf [f]
#63 Which Brings Me to You by Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott [f]
#62 Visits with the Amish by Linda Egenes [nf]
#61 Tenth of December by George Saunders [f]
#60 Mot by Sarah Einstein [nf]
#59 The River Swimmer by Jim Harrison [f]
#58 Leaning into the Wind by Susan Allen Toth [nf]
#57 The Dart League King by Keith Lee Morris [f]
#56 Second Nature by Michael Pollan [nf]
#55 The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy [f]
#54 Women, Animals, Vegetables by Maxine Kumin [f/nf]
#53 Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend by Robert James Waller [f]
#52 What is a Garden? by W.S. Merwin [nf]
#51 Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa [f]
#50 Flock Together by B.J. Hollars [nf]
#49 Project X by Jim Shepard [f]
#48 Trouble Is My Business by Raymond Chandler [f]
#47 The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson [nf]
#46 Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk [f]
#45 The Diviners by Rick Moody [f]
#44 Train Dreams by Denis Johnson [f] x3
#43 A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip by Kevin Brockmeier [nf]
#42 A Bestiary by Lily Hoang [nf]
#41 Fire Season by Philip Connors [nf] x3
#40 The Music of Failure by Bill Holm [nf]
#39 Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015 [f/nf]
#38 Redeployment by Phil Klay [f]
#37 Stop-Time by Frank Conroy [nf]
#36 True Grit by Charles Portis [a/f] x2
#35 Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl [a/f]
#34 Wind by Haruki Murakami [a/f]
#33 Thy Neighbor's Wife by Gay Talese [nf]
#32 My Degeneration by Peter Dunlap-Shohl [c/nf]
#31 After This by Alice McMermott [f]
#30 Best American Essays 1995 guest edited by Jamaica Kincaid [nf]
#29 All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy [f] x2
#28 In Brief edited by Judith Kitchen [nf]
#27 Noir by Robert Coover [f]
#26 Montana, 1948 by Larry Watson [f]
#25 Beyond Desert Walls by Ken Lamberton [nf]
#24 Best American Essays 2011 guest edited by Edwidge Danticat [nf]
#23 Time's Arrow by Martin Amis [f]
#22 Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl [f]
#21 Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard [nf]
#20 Between Heaven and Here by Susan Straight [f]
#19 Ask Me by William Stafford [p]
#18 Just Kids by Patti Smith [nf]
#17 Leavings by Wendall Berry [p]
#16 Right Livelihoods by Rick Moody [f]
#15 Sixty Poems by Charles Simic [nf]
#14 Essays from the Nick of Time by Mark Slouka [nf]
#13 Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat [f]
#12 It Shouldn't Have Been Beautiful by Lia Purpura [p]
#11 Honey from the Lion by Matthew Neill Null [f]
#10 A Matter of Life by Jeffrey Brown [c/nf]
#9 Winter Morning Walks by Ted Kooser [p]
#8 The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink [f]
#7 The Road by Cormac McCarthy [f] x3
#6 The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood [f]
#5 Tinkers by Paul Harding [f] x2
#4 Best American Short Stories 2014 guest edited by Jennifer Egan [f]
#3 Citizen by Claudia Rankine [nf]
#2 Essays After Eighty by Donald Hall [nf]
#1 Drown by Junot Díaz [f]

Books Read in 2015

#90 Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey [nf]
#89 The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler [f]
#88 Say Uncle by Kay Ryan [p]
#87 Gilead by Marilynne Robinson [f]
#86 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson [nf]
#85 Melancholy of Falling Men by Kirk Wisland [nf]
#84 Mystery and Manners by Flannery O'Connor [nf]
#83 Changing the Subject by Sven Birkerts [nf]
#82 The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey [nf]
#81 The Wild Braid by Stanley Kunitz [p]
#80 When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams [nf]
#79 Arcadia by Lauren Groff [f]
#78 Irish Girl by Tim Johnston [f]
#77 House by Tracy Kidder [nf]
#76 Camp Olvido by Lawrence Coates [f]
#75 Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman [f]
#74 Best American Essays 2013 guest edited by Cheryl Strayed [nf]
#73 Tales of Woodsman Pete by Lilli Carré [c/f]
#72 The Whites by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt [f]
#71 Best American Essays 2015 guest edited by Ariel Levy [nf]
#70 Salvador by Joan Didion [nf]
#69 Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson [c/f]
#68 Scrapper by Matt Bell [f]
#67 On Being Blue by William H. Gass [nf]
#66 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling [f] x3
#65 Fast Break to Line Break edited by Todd David [p]
#64 Sweetgrass by Micah Ling [p]
#63 The Birder's Companion by Stephen Moss [nf]
#62 In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell [f]
#61 The Shadow of Sirius by W.S. Merwin [p]
#60 The Same River Twice by Chris Offutt [nf]
#59 The Hours by Michael Cunningham [f]
#58 This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison [f]
#57 The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman [f]
#56 No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy [a/f]
#55 The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle [a/f]
#54 Nightwoods by Charles Frazier [f]
#53 Levels of Life by Julian Barnes [nf]
#52 Limber by Angela Pelster [nf] x2
#51 Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy [f]
#50 Things That Are by Amy Leach [nf]
#49 Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon [f] x2
#48 When Mystical Creatures Attack! by Kathleen Founds [f]
#47 Love in Black and White (British edition of Bridges of Madison County) by Robert James Waller [f]
#46 The Gutenberg Elegies by Sven Birkerts [nf]
#45 Bad Dirt by Annie Proulx [f]
#44 Still Life with Insects by Brian Kiteley [f]
#43 Blackwater by Joyce Carol Oates [f]
#42 Fire Season by Philip Connors [nf] x2
#41 Hack by Dmitry Samarov [nf] x2
#40 The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers [f]
#39 The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri [f]
#38 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl [f]
#37 When My Brother Was An Aztec by Natalie Diaz [p]
#36 Horn! by Kevin Thomas [c/nf]
#35 Train Dreams by Denis Johnson [f] x2
#34 A River Runs Through It and other stories by Norman Maclean [f]
#33 In the Wilderness by Kim Barnes [nf]
#32 Where To? by Dmitry Samarov [nf]
#31 Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon [f]
#30 Let Me Finish by Roger Angell [nf]
#29 The Cigar Roller by Pablo Medina [f]
#28 Slow Lightning by Eduardo C. Corral [p]
#27 Four for a Quarter by Michael Martone [f]
#26 Night by Elie Wiesel [nf]
#25 In the Memory of the Map by Christopher Norment [nf]
#24 Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison [f]
#23 Darkness Sticks to Everything by Tom Hennen [p]
#22 Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson [f]
#21 True Grit by Charles Portis [a/f]
#20 The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros [f]
#19 A Thousand Deer by Rick Bass [nf]
#18 Rock Island Line by David Rhodes [f]
#17 Blue Pastures by Mary Oliver [nf]
#16 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck [f]
#15 Poetry 180 edited by Billy Collins [p]
#14 The Red Pony by John Steinbeck [f]
#13 Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quiñonez [f]
#12 Island of Bones by Joy Castro [nf]
#11 Love Me Back by Merrit Tierce [f]
#10 a land more kind than home by Wiley Cash [f]
#9 Deliverance by James Dickey [f]
#8 Vanishing Point by Ander Monson [nf]
#7 Tinkers by Paul Harding [f]
#6 Brazil by Jesse Lee Kercherval [f]
#5 Working Here by David Salner [p]
#4 Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke [nf]
#3 The Road by Cormac McCarthy [f] x2
#2 American Primitive by Mary Oliver [p]
#1 Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer [f]

Books Read in 2014

#89 Saints at the River by Ron Rash [f]
#88 Superman: All Seasons by Jeph Loeb [c/f]
#87 House of Earth by Woody Guthrie [f]
#86 Best American Essays 2014 guest edited by John Jeremiah Sullivan [nf]
#85 What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us by Laura van den Berg [f]
#84 The Lifespan of a Fact by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal [nf]
#83 Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman [nf]
#82 Lost in the Heartland by Neal Bowers [p]
#81 The Road by Cormac McCarthy [f]
#80 Drop City by T.C. Boyle [f]
#79 Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith [p]
#78 Authority by Jeff VanderMeer [f]
#77 Thrown by Kerry Howley [nf]
#76 The Universe in Miniature in Miniature by Patrick Somerville [f]
#75 Riprap by Gary Synder [p]
#74 The Art of Daring by Carl Phillips [nf]
#73 The Last Cheater's Waltz by Ellen Meloy [nf]
#72 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling [f] x2
#71 Dear Ghosts, by Tess Gallagher [p]
#70 Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit [nf]
#69 Hell's Angels by Hunter S. Thompson [nf]
#68 That Old Ace in the Hole by Annie Proulx [f]
#67 Passing Through by Stanley Kuntiz [p]
#66 Unchopping a Tree by W.S. Merwin [p]
#65 The Ghost Apple by Aaron Thier [f]
#64 Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy [f]
#63 The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire [c/f]
#62 Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins [p]
#61 Excavation by Wendy Ortiz [nf]
#60 Cowboys Are My Weakness by Pam Houston [f]
#59 Hogg by Samuel Delany [f]
#58 The Writing Life by Annie Dillard [nf] x2
#57 Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett [nf]
#56 Sandcastle by Frederik Peeters [c/f]
#55 The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa [f]
#54 Please Don't Come Back From the Moon by Dean Bakopoulos [f]
#53 Candyfreak by Steve Almond [nf]
#52 The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison [nf]
#51 Submergence by J.M. Jedgard [f]
#50 Flash Fiction Forward edited by James Thomas and Robert Shapard [f]
#49 Present Company by W.S. Merwin [p]
#48 The Barracks Thief by Tobias Wolff [f]
#47 God Clobbers Us All by Poe Ballantine [f]
#46 Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut [f]
#45 Us by Michael Kimball [f]
#44 The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver [f]
#43 Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer [f]
#42 Oil Notes by Rick Bass [nf]
#41 This Is Between Us by Kevin Sampsell [f]
#40 The Bible Salesman by Clyde Edgerton [f]
#39 The New Valley by Josh Weil [f]
#38 Pilgrims by Elizabeth Gilbert [f]
#37 Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson [nf]
#36 The Terror of Living by Urban Waite [f]
#35 Ajax Prenumbra, 1969 by Robin Sloan [f]
#34 The Aerialist by Richard Schmitt [f]
#33 Hiking to Siberia by Lawrence Millman [nf]
#32 Mr. Prenumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan [f]
#31 All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy [f]
#30 Sellevision by Augusten Burroughs [f]
#29 The Curse of Lono by Hunter S. Thompson [nf]
#28 An American Childhood by Annie Dillard [nf]
#27 In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien [f]
#26 Limber by Angela Pelster [nf]
#25 Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin [f]
#24 The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld by Justin Hocking [nf]
#23 Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill [f]
#22 Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace [nf]
#21 Barbarian at the Gate by Xavier Cavazos [p]
#20 Local Wonders by Ted Kooser [nf] x2 (read in undergrad)
#19 Reckoning by Rusty Barnes [f]
#18 The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe [nf]
#17 Scoot Over, Skinny edited by Donna Jarrell and Ira Sukruangrung [nf]
#16 Long Life by Mary Oliver [nf]
#15 Keep it Real edited by Lee Gutkind [nf]
#14 Whip Smart by Melissa Febos [nf]
#13 Train Dreams by Denis Johnson [f]
#12 Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris [f]
#11 A Country in the Moon by Michael Moran [nf]
#10 Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney [f]
#9 Old School by Tobias Wolff [f]
#8 Maps & Legends by Michael Chabon [nf]
#7 Hack by Dmitry Samarov [nf]
#6 The White Album by Joan Didion [nf]
#5 Later, at the Bar by Rebecca Barry [f]
#4 Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy [nf]
#3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling [f]
#2 The Art of Making Magazines edited by Victor S. Navasky and Evan Cornog [nf]
#1 Best American Short Stories 2013 guest edited by Elizabeth Strout [f]

Books Read in 2013

#63 Pitch by Todd Boss [p]
#62 The Suitcase by Sergei Dovlatov [f]
#61 Don't Cry by Mary Gaitskill [f]
#60 Frank Sinatra Has a Cold and other essays by Gay Talese [nf]
#59 High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver [nf]
#58 Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead [f]
#57 The Property by Ruth Modan [c/f]
#56 The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta [a/f]
#55 David Foster Wallace: the Last Interview and Other Conversations [nf]
#54 Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman [f]
#53 Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart [f]
#52 My Heart is an Idiot by Davy Rothbart [nf]
#51 Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon [f]
#50 On Fire by Larry Brown [nf]
#49 We Live in Water by Jess Walter [f]
#48 Diabetes for Owls and etc. by David Sedaris [nf]
#47 I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley [nf]
#46 Marco Polo Didn't Go There by Rolf Potts [nf]
#45 We the Animals by Justin Torres [f]
#44 Real Man Adventures by T Cooper [nf]
#43 This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz [f]
#42 501 Minutes to Christ by Poe Ballantine [nf]
#41 South X South by Charles Hood [p]
#40 The Wet Collection by Joni Tevis [nf]
#39 Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn [nf]
#38 Notes from No Man's Land by Eula Biss [nf]
#37 Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut [f]
#36 The Discomfort Zone by Jonathan Franzen [nf]
#35 A Common Pornography by Kevin Sampsell [nf]
#34 Olives by A.E. Stallings [p]
#33 Cooking Dirty by Jason Sheehan [nf]
#32 Selected Poems by Gary Soto [p]
#31 The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven by Rick Moody [f]
#30 The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson [f]
#29 The Art of Time in Memoir by Sven Birkerts [nf]
#28 Garden State by Rick Moody [f]
#27 Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison [f]
#26 How to Sell by Clancy Martin [f]
#25 The Farther Shore by Matthew Eck [f]
#24 The Final Solution by Michael Chabon [f]
#23 Hot Teen Slut by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz [p]
#22 Geography III by Elizabeth Bishop [p]
#21 Trash by Dorothy Allison [f]
#20 A Companion for Owls by Maurice Manning [p]
#19 Jewelweed by David Rhodes [f]
#18 Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk [f]
#17 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling [f]
#16 Stormy Weather by Carl Hiaasen [a/f]
#15 The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
#14 15 Views of Orlando (volume 2) edited by Nathan Holic [f]
#13 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury [f]
#12 Legs Get Led Astray by Chloe Caldwell [nf]
#11 The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle [f]
#10 Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen [a/f]
#9 Rube's Rules on firefighting by Dennis L. Rubin II [nf]
#8 Poacher's by Tom Franklin [f]
#7 Animal Crackers by Hannah Tinti [f]
#6 Hell's Bottom, Colorado by Laura Pritchett [f]
#5 Glorybound by Jessie van Eerden [f]
#4 Last Days of the Dog-Men by Brad Watson [f]
#3 Big Ray by Michael Kimball [f]
#2 Moo by Jane Smiley [f]
#1 Farther Away by Jonathan Franzen [nf]

Books Read in 2012

#58 Best American Short Stories 2012 guest edited by Tom Perrotta [f]
#57 Bee Season by Myla Goldberg [f]
#56 Volt by Alan Heathcock [f]
#55 Wise Children by Angela Carter [f]
#54 The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith [f]
#53 Pulse by Julian Barnes [f]
#52 White Teeth by Zadie Smith [f]
#51 In the Time of the Blue Ball by Manuela Draeger [f]
#50 A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch [f]
#49 The Weather Stations by Ryan Call [f]
#48 The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien [f]
-- Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [f]
-- The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford [f]
#47 Accordion Crimes by E. Annie Proulx [f]
#46 Other Kinds by Dylan Nice [f]
#45 Snow White by Josephine Poole [f]
#44 If You Knew Then What I Know Now by Ryan Van Meter [nf]
#43 How to Be Alone by Jonathan Franzen [nf]
#42 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien [f]
#41 Brave New Wanda by Lynda Rutledge [f]
#40 All-American Poem by Matthew Dickman [p]
#39 The Watch by Rick Bass [f]
#38 Out of this World by Mary Swander [nf]
#37 Fire Season by Philip Connors [nf]
#36 The Hanged Man by Francesca Lia Block [f]
#35 Bin Laden's Bald Spot by Brian Doyle [f]
#34 Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard [nf] x2 (read in undergrad)
#33 The Tiger's Wife by Teá Obreht [f]
#32 [Spoiler Alert] by Laura Eve Engel and Adam Peterson [f]
#31 Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston [f]
#30 Best American Short Stories 2011 guest edited by Geraldine Brooks [f]
#29 NowTrends by Karl Taro Greenfeld [f]
#28 Peach Farmer's Daughter by Brenda Nakamoto [nf]
#27 Hatchet by Gary Paulsen [f]
#26 Send Me Work by Kathrine Karlin [f]
#25 In Defense of Monsters by B.J. Hollars [nf]
#24 Circulation by Tim Horvath [f]
#23 Jesus Saves by Darcey Steinke [f]
#22 The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury [f]
#21 Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates [f]
#20 Ray by Barry Hannah [f]
#19 I Could Tell You Stories by Patricia Hampl [nf]
#18 The Writing Life by Annie Dillard [nf]
#17 House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski [f]
#16 Taste of Penny by Jeff Parker [f]
#15 The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
#14 Best American Poetry 2011 guest edited by Kevin Young [p]
#13 The Dog of the South by Charles Portis [f]
#12 The Outermost House by Henry Beston [nf]
#11 Portnoy's Complaint by Phillip Roth [f]
#10 Lucky Fish by Amy Nezhukumatuthil [p]
#9 The Lover by Marguerite Duras [f]
#8 Walden by Henry David Thoreau [nf]
#7 The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford [f]
#6 The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks [f]
#5 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov [f]
#4 Letters from An American Farmer by Hector St. John De Crévecoeur [f]
#3 The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester [f]
#2 God Bless America by Steve Almond [f]
#1 The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan [nf]

Books Read in 2011

#44 Driftless by David Rhodes [f]
#43 The Anthropology of Turquoise by Ellen Meloy [nf]
#42 no place like home by Linda Hasselstrom [nf]
#41 black nature edited by Camille T. Dungy [p]
#40 The Artful Edit by Susan Bell [nf]
#39 Noose and Hook by Lynn Emanuel [p]
#38 Best Food Writing 2010 edited by Holly Hughes [nf]
#37 Max Perkins by A. Scott Berg [nf]
#36 Bells in Winter by Czesław Miłosz [p]
#35 Off the Page edited by Carole Burns [nf]
#34 Citrus County by John Brandon [f]
#33 Piece Meals by Anna Badkhera (sp?) [nf]
#32 Cod by Mark Kurlansky [nf]
#31 The Dangerous Shirt by Alberto Ríos [p]
#30 Dakota by Kathleen Norris [nf]
#29 Where I Was From by Joan Didion [nf]
#28 Deeply Rooted by Lisa M. Hamilton [nf]
#27 Broken Heartland by Osha Gray Davidson [nf]
#26 Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt [nf]
#25 American Buffalo by Steven Rinella [nf]
#24 The Brutal Language of Love by Alicia Erian [f]
#23 Close Range by Annie Proulx [f]
#22 Ovenman by Jeff Parker [f]
#21 My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up by Stephen Elliot [nf]
#20 Best American Comics 2010 guest edited by Neil Gaiman [c/f/nf]
#19 Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing by Lydia Peelle [f]
#18 Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower [f]
#17 The Sky, The Stars, The Wilderness by Rick Bass [f]
#16 Talk Thai by Ira Sukrungruang [nf]
#15 Getaway Girl by Terry Ann Thaxton [p]
#14 August: Osage County by Tracey Letts [c/f]
#13 Big World by Mary Miller [f]
#12 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie [f]
#11 Here, Bullet by Brian Turner [p]
#10 The Evil B.B. Chow by Steve Almond [f]
#9 Hulk Gray by Jeph Loeb [c/f]
#8 This is Water by David Foster Wallace [nf]
#7 Rope Burns by F.X. Toole [f]
#6 Rookery by Traci Brimhall [p]
#5 Best American Short Stories 2010 guest edited by Richard Russo [f]
#4 Ender's Hotel by Brian Schrand [nf]
#3 The Ticking is the Bomb by Nick Flynn [nf]
#2 The Wet Engine by Brian Doyle [nf]
#1 The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion [nf]

The Chris Wiewiora Papers, including essays, short stories, poems, book reviews, interviews, and other writing manuscripts, are held at Iowa State University’s Special Collections and University Archives in the Parks Library.

You may find my nonfiction below starting with my most recent publication:

2018
"Line, Run, Breath" on The Millions
"From Piggy" on Found
“A Taste in Every Bite” on The Good Men Project

2017
“Hulking Salvation” in Sport Literate
“Man in Woman’s Clothing” on The Good Men Project
“Callings” on The Good Men Project
“In Plain Clothes, but no Superman” on Longreads
“Catalog: An Essay in Nine Lives” on The Good Men Project
“On the Page” on 1888 Center
“Last Ride at the Slanted Driveway” on The Good Men Project
“My Selected Marginalia, Pulled Quotes, and Underlining in Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures” on Essay Daily
“Winter Hours Working Life” on The Lit Pub
“View with a Grain of Salt” on The Common

2016
“Cardinal” on Rootstalk: Prairie Journal of Arts, Culture, and Science
“A Personal History of Dress Up” on The Hairpin
“Ashes to ashes, dust jacket to dust jacket” in the Ames Tribune
“That Day It Was Not Another Test” on The Good Men Project
“The Apprenticeship That Changed My Life” on The Billfold
“Powsin Spring” on The Good Men Project
“My Intersection” on Beyond
“Bread, Roses, and Mop Bucket” on The Billfold
“Ripples” on Story

2015
“Board in the Florida Suburbs” on Atticus Review
“What’s in a Weird Name” on The Awl
“My Father-in-Law and My Wedding” on The Billfold
“Down on One Knee” on The Good Men Project
“Whenever, Wherever” on The Nervous Breakdown
“Submerged” on Story
“Honeymoon: Remembered in Receipts” on The Billfold

2014
“Still Life with Polar Bears” in Grief: Life in Five Stages
“Namesake” on Cheat River Review
“Prairie Gold” on Winged: New Writing on Bees
“Leftovers” on Newfound
“Prairie Gold: An Essay on Honey and Marriage” in Edible Iowa River Valley
“In Sickness & In Health” on Nerve
“A Quick Four Hundred-Year History of Grits” in Graze
“All Your Desk Are Belong to Us” on Found
“Where People Baked People” on Matador

2013
“The Gift of Nothing” in Sport Literate
“Matryoshka” in Redivider
“Tossers’ Shifts” in Gastronomica
“Nude Descending a Screen” on Nerve
“M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I” in Slice
“Skatespotting” on Stymie: journal of sports and literature
“X-Marks-the-Spot” on The Lit Pub
“Sleeping Over” on The Drum
“Look” on The Good Men Project
“Sleeping Over” on The Luminary Review (UK)
“Monikers of Casual Encounters” on The Nervous Breakdown
“Doppelgänger” on The Good Men Project
“The Power of Love Notes” on The Good Men Project
“This is Tossing” in Make
“Telling” on The Good Men Project

2012
“More or Less” on The Rumpus
“How to (NOT) Be a Male Porn Star” on The Good Men Project
“Welcome Back” on A River & Sound Review
“Crush” on The Good Men Project
“First Time” on Nerve
“Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear” on The Huffington Post
“Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear” on The Good Men Project
“Lushies” in Under the Gum Tree
“Sleeping Over” on Nerve
“Distance” on The Good Men Project
“Some Things That Made Me Not Go on a Second Date” on The Good Men Project
“Shifting” on The Good Men Project
“Grand (re)Opening” on The Good Men Project
“On the Page” on The Good Men Project

2011
“the girl next to me” on The Good Men Project
“The Gift of Nothing” in [Stymie: journal of sports and literature](https://issuu.com/stymiemag/docs/stymiemagaw11_final
)
“Is Cheating Always Cheating?” on The Good Men Project
“Cut Here” in RE:AL regarding arts & letters
“Here I am” on The Good Men Project
“The Rules” on Marco Polo
“In Memoriam: Jeanne Leiby” on The Southeast Review
“Sleeping Over” on Splinter Generation
“Despite Everything” in There Will Be Words
“Despite Everything” on Swink
“Submerged” on Etude
“Top Shelf” in Yemassee

2010
“Familiar” in Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine
“Pools” on Frost Writing
“I won’t go out with you if you think…” on Emprise Review

2009
“Legend” in South Loop Review

ANTHOLOGIZATIONS

“M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I” in Two Countries, U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents, edited by Tina Schumann (Red Hen Press, 2017)

“Submerged” in Awake in the World (Riverfeet, 2017)

“This is Tossing” in Make X: A Decade of Literary Art, edited by Sarah Dodson (Featherproof, 2017)

“Board in the Florida Suburbs” in Best American Sports Writing 2016, guest edited by Rick Telander (Mariner)

“Pepper” in The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker, guest edited by Thaddeus Rutkowski (great weather for MEDIA, 2016)

“This is Tossing” in The Norton Reader, 14th Edition, edited by Melissa A. Goldthwaite (W.W. Norton, 2016)

“This is Tossing” in Best Food Writing 2013, edited by Holly Hughes (De Capo)

CHAPBOOKS
My Life is a Soap Opera (THOUGHT CATALOG, 2013)

Riding Solo (THOUGHT CATALOG, 2013)

Feel free to contact me:
chriswiewiora [at] gmail [dot] com
You will hear back!