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 M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University where he served as the managing editor of Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment. He is married to Lauren Zastrow.
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 farmer’s market fermented foods seller, crossing guard, rescue greyhound walker, carpenter’s assistant, bus driver, Master Gardener’s apprentice, dishwasher, and urban farm manager. Most recently, he produced and hosted the radio show BOOK CENTRAL where he interviewed authors writing from the Central Time Zone.
He serves in the 2017 AmeriCorps as an Environmental Educator with Canyonlands Field Institute in Moab, Utah.
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.
Feel free to contact Chris:
chriswiewiora [at] gmail [dot] com
You will hear back!