A novelist and critic, Christopher Bram is the author of nine novels, including Gods and Monsters, which was made into the movie starring Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave. He has written nonfiction for a broad range of publications, including Out, the Huffington Post, and Architectural Digest. A collection of his essays, Mapping the Territory, is also available. His areas of expertise include fiction, movies, biography, and literary history. He was a 2001 Guggenheim fellow and winner of the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. His recent books include Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America (Twelve, 2012) and The Art of History: Unlocking the Past in Fiction and Nonfiction (Graywolf, 2016).
Teaching and Research Interests
fiction; nonfiction; writing about movies
B.A. English, The College of William and Mary, 1974
Chris Bram's The Art of History: Unlocking the Past in Fiction and Nonfiction was published by Graywolf Press in 2016.
Chris Bram published “The Zen of Tolstoy” in Commonweal Magazine in March 2016. The work was adapted from a chapter in Bram's The Art of History: Unlocking the Past in Fiction & Nonfiction, which is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2016.
Professor Bram’s book of essays, Mapping the Territory, and his books Surprisingly Myself, Hold Tight, In Memory of Angel Clare, and Gossip were reissued by Open Road Books in 2013. He wrote an article for the May 23, 2013 issue of The Advocate, “My Life as a Gay Boy Scout.” In November 2013, his essay “Pauline at the Buggy Whip Factory: Our Day with Pauline Kael,” was published in FourTwoNine. His introductory essay, “The Company of Poets,” was included in a book of interviews by Christopher Hennessy, Our Deep Gossip: Conversations with Gay Writers on Poetry and Desire (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013). Bram contributed a spot to the anti-bullying “It Gets Better” campaign in 2013.