Chris J. Rice is a writer and visual artist who grew up on the road taking care of her younger siblings in the cramped backseat of a Rambler American sedan. Ricocheted between Joplin, Missouri, the buckle on the Bible belt, and Southern California, the land of reinvention. Chris currently lives in Los Angeles. She earned an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and an MLIS from San Jose State University. 

Roxane Gay selected her short story, “The Lid” for inclusion in wigleaf’s top 50 (very) short fiction 2015. Pithead Chapel nominated an excerpt from her hybrid memoir for a Pushcart Prize. Her essay “All the Pieces Came Together” was a runner up in the 2016 Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize. Her friend Annie Sertich has this to say about Chris’s writing: “It’s crisp, specific, and it makes me cry. It haunts me without trying. She’s badass, authentic, and gentle. Her writing mimics no one.” 


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