Christian Winn - recently named as Idaho's Writer in Residence - was born in Eugene, Oregon, and grew up in Palo Alto, California and the Seattle area. He now lives in Boise, Idaho where he writes and teaches in the Creative Writing Department at Boise State University. He is the founder of the Writers Write fiction workshop series, which has been in operation since the summer of 2003. He is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University, and the Boise State University MFA program.
His stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Award, as well as The Best American Mystery Stories. His story, "The Dirtiest Hamburger in the World," won Gulf Coast's annual fiction award. His story, "Rough Cut," was published in a National Magazine Award-winning issue of McSweeney's.
His novel, Small Disasters, and his short story collection, Naked Me, are set in the west - California, Washington State, Idaho, Nevada - and peopled with men and women at the fringes, characters on the brink, coming to understand – sometimes overtly, sometimes obliquely – what it means to live in a flawed world. His characters are generally hopeful, willing to believe they might find peace, or a semblance of understanding within the earnest clutter of love, of addiction, of friendship, of dreams, of death. His short stories are not always linked by characters or place, but through the lives portrayed they thematically lend to a broader understanding of our human walk down an often unsteady life-path. Grocery clerks, bartenders, young fathers, wise sons and daughters, gamblers – the people of our everyday world – they come to life loudly and quietly in his work so as to entertain, to instruct, to allow the reader to interpret their own world in a deeper, more comprehensive manner.
He is currently represented by International Creative Management, and is seeking more fine homes for his work.