Christine Hale is the author of a novel, Basil’s Dream (Livingston Press, 2009), which received honorable mention in the 2010 Library of Virginia Literary Awards. National Book Award finalist Joan Silber says “Basil’s Dream …seems to prove fiction can go where other forms can’t.” She is also the author of a memoir, A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice (Apprentice House Press, 2016).
Ms. Hale’s creative nonfiction and short fiction have appeared in Arts & Letters, Hippocampus, The Sun, Shadowgraph, and Prime Number, among other journals. A fellow of MacDowell, Ucross, Hedgebrook, Hambidge and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ms. Hale has been a finalist for the Autumn House Non-Fiction Contest, the Sonora Review Essay Contest, the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers, the Dana Award in Creative Nonfiction, and the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award.
A native of the southern Appalachians, as were her parents, Ms. Hale grew up in Bristol, Virginia. She received an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She worked in investment banking in New York City in the early 80s, began teaching writing in 1996 at the University of Tampa, and in the intervening years worked as a freelance writer and editor in business communications in New York and Tampa. From 1989 to 1992, she lived in Bermuda. A former Beebe Teaching Fellow at Warren Wilson College, she now teaches in the Antioch University – Los Angeles Low-Residency MFA Program as well as the Great Smokies Writing Program in Asheville, North Carolina.