Writing Bio

Chris Tarry is the author of the story collection, How To Carry Bigfoot Home (Red Hen Press, March 2015), and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. His fiction, nonfiction, and various screenplays have appeared in publications such as MAD Magazine, Funny or Die, The Literary Review, On Spec, The GW Review, and PANK. His work has been anthologized in the collections How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine, and Invaders, 22 Tales from the Outer Limits of Literature, an anthology featuring Juno Diaz, Jonathan Lethem, Steven Millhauser, and George Saunders. In 2012, his story “Here Be Dragons” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Chris is also a four-time Juno Award winner (the Canadian Grammy), and one of New York’s most in-demand bass players.

Chris Tarry’s stories come at what we might call The Problem of Men as Boys from all possible angles, from a hapless medieval stay-at-home Dad who’s running a con game out of his one-room hovel to a Bigfoot who’s a sad failure as a creative writing teacher.  These stories hilariously and poignantly evoke the way, when it comes to relationships, all men are living under a leaky thatched roof with winter on the way, always believing they’re on the edge of a turnaround, even though failure keeps returning like an old friend back in town.  – Jim Shepard, Story Prize winning author of You Think That’s Bad, Project X, and over ten other titles

Otherworldly tales that speak to deeper human truths. – Time Out, New York

Short stories are on the rise again, they never should have been thrown to the wayside in the first place, and this collection shows us the beauty of the story, what happens when you hit the perfect note and make a whole room fall silent. – Nick Sweeney, Atticus Review

Chris Tarry’s How To Carry Bigfoot Home will immediately invoke writers like Wells Tower, with its dragons and sea monsters and titular sasquatches colliding with the domestic strife that characterizes so many of the stories. This is an excellent debut, both funny and sad, heartfelt and often surprising. – Matt Bell, author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods

Painfully funny stories… pitch perfect… Wonderfully conceived and delivered bits of rigorous whimsy. – The Library Journal

Reading the thirteen stories in Chris Tarry’s meticulously absurd debut collection, you may start envisioning one of those evolution posters, featuring the progression of simians that culminates in humanity. – Justin Hickey, Open Letters Monthly

The stories in How to Carry Bigfoot Home are fruitfully obsessed with maleness: How does one manage to be a father, a son, a brother, a husband? What are men supposed to do, and what mischief and violence might they have up their sleeves? In their gleeful linguistic play and surrealistic vibe, Tarry’s tales remind me of those of George Saunders, but he’s up to his very own wonderful thing in this vivid debut.. – Pamela Erens, author of The Virgins and The Understory

Everything you want a story to be: fun, sad, original, and inspired. – Kim Winternheimer, The Masters Review

Tarry’s witty first story collection portrays characters struggling with various insecurities and skewed perceptions amid the creeping shadows of their impending fates. – Booklist

What would happen if some mad scientist were able to fuse the otherworldly exuberance of H.P Lovecraft with the nuanced pathos of John Cheever? The result would be a dazzling, explosive, and inexhaustible new kind of illumination: a writer named Chris Tarry. – Stefan Merrill Block, author of The Story of Forgetting and The Storm at the Door

Sometimes we go looking for monsters, and sometimes we are the monsters—something Tarry’s got down pat. – Blotterature

Tarry’s humor acts as the melody. It sticks with the audience long after reading. – The Cossack Review

Chris Tarry knows from monsters, and from disasters, and from love. He’s now decided to share it all with us. I think I speak for the world when I say: not a moment too soon. – Roy Kesey, author of Any Deadly Thing and Pacazo

Email: christarry (at) gmail.com

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Publicity & marketing inquiries for How To Carry Bigfoot Home: William Goldstein, Red Hen Press: william (at) redhen.org.

General enquires and author appearances: Erin Cox, Rob Weisbach Creative Management: erin (at) robweisbach.com.