Chris Tusa, Louisiana writer, Dirty Little Angels, Haunted Bones, southern fiction writer, southern gothic fiction writer
Chris Tusa, Louisiana writer, Dirty Little Angels, Haunted Bones, southern fiction writer, southern gothic fiction writer
     
 

Chris Tusa, Louisiana writer, Dirty Little Angels, Haunted Bones, southern fiction writer, southern gothic fiction writer

BIOGRAPHY
Chris Tusa was born and raised in New Orleans. His work has appeared in Connecticut Review, Texas Review, Prairie Schooner, The New Delta Review, South Dakota Review, Southeast Review, Passages North, Spoon River, New York Quarterly, Louisiana Literature, Tar River, StorySouth, and others. He has studied under a number of notable writers, including Tim Gautreaux, Sidney Wade, and Debora Gregor. With the help of a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, he was able to complete his first chapbook of poetry, Inventing an End. His debut collection of poems, Haunted Bones, was published by Louisiana Literature Press in 2006. His debut novel, Dirty Little Angels, will be released by The University of West Alabama this April. He holds a B.A. in English, an M.A in English, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. Aside from teaching in the English Department at LSU, he also acts as Managing Editor for Poetry Southeast.

Chris Tusa, Louisiana writer, Dirty Little Angels, Haunted Bones, southern fiction writer, southern gothic fiction writer

Chris Tusa, Louisiana writer, Dirty Little Angels, Haunted Bones, southern fiction writer, southern gothic fiction writer EDUCATION

 

M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Florida, 2000.
      
M.A., English, Southeastern Louisiana University, 1998.
      
B.A., English, Southeastern Louisiana University, 1996.

Chris Tusa, Louisiana writer, Dirty Little Angels, Haunted Bones, southern fiction writer, southern gothic fiction writer

PUBLICATIONS

FICTION (Novels)

Dirty Little Angels (University of West Alabama, 2009)

FICTION (Short Stories)

"Sons of God" published in Summer 2005 issue of StorySouth
"Riding the Devil’s Backbone" published in Issue 4 of Southern Hum

POETRY (Books)

Haunted Bones (Louisiana Literature Press, 2006)

POETRY (Chapbooks)

Inventing an End (Lone Willow Press, 2002)

Individual Poems Published in Literary Journals

• "Botticelli’s Venus” Connecticut Review
• "The Birth of Night." Prairie Schooner
• "Prozac" Connecticut Poetry Review
• “Kindergarten Portrait of My Mother” New Delta Review
• “Coma” South Dakota Review
• "My Grandfather's Hands" Connecticut Poetry Review
• "Black Mare” Texas Review
• “I Cut Myself While My Husband Plants Flowers.” The Southeast Review
• “The Spirit of Bridget Bishop. New Delta Review
• “Photograph of a Missing Girl” Texas Review
• “Sober in a Dry County during Severe Weather” Louisiana Literature
• Hypochondriac” and “Alzheimer’s” Caduceus.
Revolver” and “Gone” Story South
• The Drowned Light.” Passages North
Ode to Gumbo” Southern Hum
• “Habit.” Louisiana Literature
• At a Filling Station, On the Anniversary of Your Death.” Louisiana Literature
September Funeral” (reprint) Story South.
The Ballad of Leander Trueblood. Southern Hum
Inventing an End” (reprint) Story South
A Retired Voodoo Priestess Talks about Revenge” Southern Hum
• "The Etymology of Love." Lullwater Review
• Apparition in a Divorce Decree.” Tar River Poetry
Cow Tipping Near Indian Creek” Southern Hum
• The Etymology of Science” Red Cedar Review
• “Marie Laveau Talks about Magic” The Spoon River Poetry Review
• "Inventing an End” Red Cedar Review
• "Apparition in a Marriage Certificate." The Louisville Review
• September Funeral” Half Tones to Jubilee
• Raymond Livaudais Talks about Faith” The New York Quarterly
• “Waiting to Leave” Half Tones to Jubilee
• “Envisioning the Marsh” Half Tones to Jubilee
• “The Etymology of Love.” Tundra
• “Worn” Midwest Poetry Review
• “Winter Funeral.” Slipstream
• “Unexpected Conditions” Midwest Poetry Review
• “Ode to Laundromat Dryers” Small Pond Magazine of Literature
• “The Dancing Men at The Rainbeaux Casino Lounge” Small Pond Magazine of Literature
• “On Leaving the House Where I Spent My Youth.” Pegasus
• “The Blind Man Touches My Face.” Small Pond Magazine of Literature
• “The Passing of the Eye.” Pegasus
• “Remembering Leanne Thibodeaux.” Midwest Poetry Review
• “Memories of Chartres Street.” Crab Creek Review
• “The Lines That Separate Us.” Pegasus
• “My Stepfather Speaks to Me about Death.” Grasslands Review
• An Empty Window.” The Comstock Review
"Dead Fox." StorySouth

Individual Poems Published in Literature Anthologies

• Beyond Forgetting: Poems and Prose about Alzheimer's Disease, Kent State University Press.
In the Eye. Thunder Rain Press, 2006.
In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself . MW Enterprises, 2002.

Chris Tusa, Louisiana writer, Dirty Little Angels, Haunted Bones, southern fiction writer, southern gothic fiction writer

Chris Tusa, Louisiana writer, Dirty Little Angels, Haunted Bones, southern fiction writer, southern gothic fiction writer FAVORITE QUOTES

   

"I can’t see a man but you! Even with my eyes closed, I just see you! Why don’t you please get fat or
ugly or something so I could stand it?" --Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

"Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives." --Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

"Earthlings must be the terrors of the Universe! If other planets aren’t now in danger from Earth,
they soon will be."--Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five

"The jury foreman’s eyes twitch, then fall. “Guilty”. Even before he says it, I feel departments in the office of my life start to close up shop; files are shredded, sensitivities are folded into neatly marked boxes, lights and alarms are switched off. As the husk of my body is guided from the court, I sense a single little man sat at the bottom of my soul. He hunches over a card table under a naked low-watt bulb, sipping flat beer from a plastic cup. I figure he must be the janitor. I figure he must be me. -- DBC Pierre, Vernon God Little

"I imagine all of us who are like me grow up with our own ticking bombs planted inside us. You know, the bombs of anger, fear, resentment, and plain ol' not liking yourself to a healthy depth. Some of us carry the complete bunch. Sometimes the ticking from that bunch of bombs is so loud you can't hear another word." --Daniel Woodrell, Tomato Red

"God Almighty, why didin't Anse carry you to the nearest sawmill and stick your leg in the saw?
That would have cured it. Then, you all could have stuck his head into the saw and cured a whole family." --William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

"She would have been a good woman, The Misfit said, "if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life."--Flannery O’Conner, A Good Man is Hard to Find

"Meat,"the doctor explained. "It's all meat in the end. A dog, a ham, a sheep’s leg, that woman, me, you. There comes a time we’re all no more than meat."-- Josh Russell, Yellow Jack

Chris Tusa, Louisiana writer, Dirty Little Angels, Haunted Bones, southern fiction writer, southern gothic fiction writer

Chris Tusa, Louisiana writer, Dirty Little Angels, Haunted Bones, southern fiction writer, southern gothic fiction writer RECOMMENDED BOOKS

  As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  The Day of the Locust by Nathaniel West
 

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

  Animal Farm by George Orwell
  Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  Cat on A Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
  Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  The Worthy by Will Clarke
  Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell
  Yellow Jack by Josh Russell
  Poachers by Tom Franklin
  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews
  Child of God by Cormac Mccarthy
  Eden by Olympia Vernon
  Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
  Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
  The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor
  Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
  Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

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