Chris Adrian Birth:
Chris Adrian was born in Washington, D.C. on November 7, 1970.
Chris Adrian Background and Writing:
Chris Adrian, the son of an airline pilot, grew up in Annapolis, Maryland and Miami and Orlando, Florida. An overachiever with eclectic tastes, Adrian received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville and then got his MFA from the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop and his M.D. from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He compleded his residency in pediatrics in San Francisco before starting a divinity degree at Harvard Divinity School. He then interrupted these studies to return to San Francisco to completea pediatric fellowship.
Adrian published Gob's Grief (2001) the same year Adrian earned his medical degree. Gob's Grief is something of an historical surrealist novel in which radical feminist Victoria Woodhull and Walt Whiman collaborate to build a machine capable of undoing death.
His second novel, The Children's Hospital was published in 2006 by McSweeney's and is an epic apocalyptic tale in which a second biblical flood is visited upon the Earth and the only people spared are the occupants of a pediatric hospital.
Adrian's short stories have been published in The Paris Review, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, McSweeney's, and The New Yorker. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009 and in 2010 was named as one of The New Yorker's "20 Under 40" list of writers worth watching.
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