Chris Gavaler Assistant Professor of English

Chris Gavaler

Payne 213
540.458.8279
gavalerc@wlu.edu
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Education

M.F.A., Fiction, University of Virginia (2006).

M.A., English Education, Rutgers Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University (1992).

B.A., English, Rutgers College (1988).

Research

Fiction, comics, pop culture, drama.

Teaching

ENGL 202-Playwriting

ENGL 203-Topics in Creative Writing: Fiction

ENGL 215-Making Comics

ENGL 299-Superhero Comics

ENGL 308-Advanced Fiction Writing: Literary Genre Fiction

ENGL 369-Late 20th Century North American Fiction: Highbrow vs. Lowbrow

ENGL 370- 21st Century North American Fiction: Thrilling Tales

ENGL 413-Strategies in Narrative Writing

WRIT 100-First Year Writing Seminar: I See Dead People

Selected Publications

BOOKS:

On the Origin of Superheroes: From the Big Bang to Action Comics No. 1. University of Iowa Press. 2015.

School for Tricksters. Southern Methodist University Press. 2011.

Pretend I'm Not Here. HarperCollins. 2002.


LITERARY PUBLICATIONS:

Short story. “The First Week." Crazyhorse. 88. Fall 2015.

Prose poem sequence. “Paragon Comics.” Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books. Minor Arcana Press. February 2014.

Short story. “A Working Theory of Everything.” Phantom Drift. 3. Fall 2013.

Short story. “The Way Home.” The Saint Ann’s Review. Summer/Fall 2012.

Short story. “Isn’t.” Phantom Drift. 2. Fall 2012.

Short story. “Talk to the Dead.” Tampa Review. 43.44. 2012.

Short story. “The Way Back.” Fiction. 58. 2012.

Short story. “A Very Light Fever.” Witness. 25.1. Spring 2012.

Short story. “Who’s Afraid?” Zone 3. 27.1. Spring 2012.

Short story. “Script Outline: ‘The One and Only!’ Draft 1.” The Pinch. 31.2. Fall 2011.

Creative nonfiction. “Supergirl.” Brain, Child. 12.1. Winter 2010.

Short story. “The Hole It Would Leave.” Crazyhorse. 77. Spring 2010.

Short story. “C+, B-, B, F, B, A, C-, A-.” dislocate. 6. Spring 2010.

Short story. “My Half.” Quarter After Eight. 16. Spring 2010.

Short story. “The Marriage of the Strawman and the Patchwork Girl.” The Literary Review. 53.1. Fall 2009.

Short story. “Almost Africa.” Saranac Review. 5. 2010.

Short story. “Waiting for You.” roger. 4. Spring 2009.

Short story. “G.O.D.” The Hudson Review. LXII.1. Spring 2009.

Short story. “Identical.” Potomac Review. 45. 2009.

Short story. “NAME: ___________.” Pank. 3. 2009.

Short story. “The First Documentary.” Witness. XXII. 2009.

One-act play. “The Chris and Alex Show.” Third Coast. Spring 2008.

Short story. “Truth.” American Literary Review. 19.1. Spring 2008.

Short story. “Is.” New England Review. 29.2 2008.

Short story. “Sixteen.” Short Story. 5. Fall 2008.

Short story. “Tax Information for Parents of Kidnapped Children.” Phoebe. Fall 2008.

Short story. “Regrets.” Beloit Fiction Journal. 21. 2008

Short story. “Indian Finds Blood on Trail of Lost Child.” South Dakota Review. 46.1 2008.

Short story. “The Bones.” Prairie Schooner. 82.1. 2008.

Short story. “Recipe for Giblets.” Crab Orchard Review. 12.2. 2007.

Short story. “Earth 2.” Harrington Gay Men’s Literary Quarterly. 8.4. 2007.

Short story. “Bury the Survivors.” minnesota review. 68. 2007.

Short story. “Ivy Miller Poses.” Southwest Review. 92.1. 2007.

Short story. “Best Adaptation.” Sou’wester. 35.1. 2006.

Short story. “Yes.” storySouth. Fall 2006.

Short story. “Simple Objects.” Boulevard. 22.1 2006.

Short story. “Burn This When You’re Done Reading.” Saint Ann’s Review. 6.1 2006

Creative nonfiction. “Paperback.” Texas Review. 26.3&4. 2006.

Ten-minute play. “Who’s on First: The Movie.” McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. 2005. Reprinted Toronto Star, March 12, 2005.

Short story. “The Passion of Joan Allen.” Black Warrior Review. 32.1. 2005.

Short story. “The Longest Distance.” Aethlon. 22.2. 2005.

Short story. “INT. HOTEL ROOM — DAY.” Hayden’s Ferry Review. 35. 2005.

Short story. “Plague of Frogs.” Image. 44. 2005.

Short story. “The Best and Worst Sex Scenes of All Time.” Shenandoah. 54.3. 2005.

 

SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS:

Scholarly article co-written with Nathaniel Goldberg. “Marvels of Skepticism.” Foundation: the international review of science fiction. Forthcoming.

Book chapter co-written with Nathaniel Goldberg. “Super Consequentialism vs. Dark Deontology.” Superman, Batman, and Philosophy. Open Court. Forthcoming.

Book chapter co-written with Nathaniel Goldberg. “’I Want to Believe’ vs. ‘The Will to Believe’: Fox Mulder Meets William James.” The X-Files and Philosophy. Open Court. Forthcoming.

Scholarly article co-written with Nathaniel Goldberg. “Donald Davidson and the Mind of Swamp Things.” The Journal of Pop Culture. Forthcoming.  

Crafty essay. “The Art of Literary Violence.” Ford City Workshop Anthology. Urban Farmhouse Press. February 2016. Forthcoming.

Scholarly article. “The Rise and Fall of Fascist Superpowers.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. 19 November 2015. Web. Print forthcoming.

Craft essay. “The Pulp Fiction of Jennifer Egan.” The Writer’s Chronicle. 48.4. February 2016.

Craft essay. “The Art of Literary Sex.” Queen Mob’s Teahouse. 14 July 2015.

Craft essay. “Genre Apocalypse.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. January 26, 2015.

Scholarly article. “Zombies vs. Superheroes: The Walking Dead Resurrection of The Fantastic Four Gender Formulas.” ImageTexT. 7.4. Winter 2015. Reprinted in Literary Criticism on Stan Lee (Layman Poupard Publishing). Forthcoming.

Scholarly article. “The Well-born Superhero.” The Journal of American Culture. 37.2. June 2014.

Craft essay. “Is and Isn’t: Literary Upheavals in the Post-Real Landscape.” The Writer’s Chronicle. April 2014. Reprinted in Phantom Drift. 4. Fall 2014.

Scholarly article. “The Imperial Superhero.” PS: Political Science & Politics. 47.1. January 2014.

Craft essay. “How to Teach Zombies.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. October 29, 2013.

Scholarly article. “The Ku Klux Klan and the birth of the superhero.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. 4.2. 2013.

Craft essay. “Five Sentences.” The Exercise Book. Wellington, NZ: Victoria UP, 2011.

Biographical entry.“Sylvester Long.” African American National Biography. Oxford UP. January 2008.

Scholarly article co-authored with Lesley Wheeler. “Chameleons and Imposters: Marianne Moore and the Carlisle Indian School.” Paideuma. 33.2&3. 2005.

Scholarly article. “I Mend a Break in Time: An Historical Reconstruction of H.D.’s Wunden Island Ceremony in The Gift and Trilogy.” Sagetrieb. 15.1&2. 1996.

Scholarly article. “The Empty Lot: Spiritual Contact in Lenape and Moravian Religious Beliefs.” American Indian Quarterly. 18.2. 1994.

Experimental essay. “Endnotes to ‘Righting the Margins: The Prosody of Prose in Language Writing.’” Poetic Briefs 17. August/September 1994.

 

STAGE & FILM:

One-act play. “Empty Plots” Pittsburgh New Works Festival, September 2015.

One-act play. “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” Pittsburgh New Works Festival, September, 2014.

Ten-minute play. “Cell Phone.” Hell With the Lid Off. Thoreau, NA—A Production Company. Pittsburgh, PA, May 10- 11, 2014. Barhoppers, Charlottesville, VA, March 15-17, 22-24, 29-31, April 5-7, 2009. WOMENSCENE, Pittsburgh, PA, May 15-17, 2008.

One-act play. “Life on Mars.” Staged Reading. Pittsburgh New Works Festival, August 19, 2012.

One-act play. “The Tragedy of John Wilkes Booth.” Pittsburgh New Works Festival, September 8-11, 2011.

Short screenplay. “Mary’s Fare.” Filmed by Linda Byrket, Bret Dahlgren, Donald L. Drennan, premiered Cowtown Film Series—Shorts, Columbus, OH, December 2009.

One-act play. “Vows.” Pittsburgh New Works Festival, October 1-4, 2009.

Full-length play. William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of John Wilkes Booth. Staged reading, Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, January 25 & 29, 2009. Workshop production, Virginia Playwrights Initiative, Hamner Theatre, Nelson County, VA, December 7, 2008.

Ten-minute play. “Angie.” The Body Beautiful, Your Inner Vagabond, Pittsburgh, PA, January 21-25, 2009.

One-act play. “Man Woman Hombre Mujer.” Pittsburgh New Work Festival, September 2008.

One-act play. “The Chris and Alex Show.” Pittsburgh New Works Festival, September 2007.

Long Poem. “Ahkwetelamwi.” Adapted as dance script “Re-Membering: The World is Made Daily in Our Hearts,” choreographed by Joan Gavaler, premiered November 2007, Williamsburg, VA. Adapted as dance script “Practice Songs,” premiered November, 1991, Columbus, OH.

One-act play. “Moving Mary.” Pittsburgh New Works Festival, September 2006.

Ten-minute play. “Who’s on First: The Movie.” Filmed by Socal Film Group, CA, premiered Austin Film Festival 2005.

Short screenplay. “Always Late.” Filmed by One Block Over. 2004.

Poem. “Virus Warning.” Adapted as dance script “Virus Warning 42: A Poetry Reading,” choreographed by Joan Gavaler, premiered Williamsburg, VA, October 30, 2003.

 

HONORS & AWARDS:

One-act play. “Empty Plots.” Outstanding Playwright award, Pittsburgh New Works Festival, 2015.

Short story. “Isn’t.” Phantom Drift. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 2012.

Short story. “G.O.D.” Other Distinguished Stories of 2009, Best American Short Stories 2010. 

Short story. “Is.” Selected for The Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy 3. Edited by Kevin Brockmeier. Underland Press. 2010.

Short story. “Marriage of the Strawman and the Patchwork Girl.” Nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 2009.

Short story. “Identical.” Nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 2009.

Short story. “NAME: ___________.” Nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 2009.

One-act play. “Vows.” Outstanding Playwright award, Pittsburgh New Works Festival, October 1-4, 2009. Delauney Playwriting Award, University of Virginia, 2006.

One-act play. “Man Woman Hombre Mujer.” Outstanding Playwright and Outstanding Production awards, Pittsburgh New Work Festival, September 2008.

Full-length play. “The Last Video Store Starring Albert MacKenzie.” Semifinalist, City Attic Theatre Play Competition. 2008.

One-act play. “No Service.” Honorable Mention, FirstStage One-Act Competition 2007.

One-act play. “The Chris and Alex Show.” Outstanding Playwright and Outstanding Production awards, Pittsburgh New Works Festival, September 2007.

Short film. “Who’s on First: The Movie.” Director's Choice for Best Comedy, Smogdance Film Festival 2007. Silver medal for Short Short, Rebel Planet Film Festival 2007.

One-act play. “Moving Mary.” Outstanding Playwright award, Pittsburgh New Works Festival, September 2006.

Best Student Play Award, University of Virginia, 2006.

Short screenplay. “Always Late.” Audience Award Winner and Finalist for Cincinnati’s 48 Hour Film Competition 2004.

Henry Hoynes Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2004.