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Kris Saknussemm

Bewildering Stories biography

Kris Saknussemm’s first novel Zanesville was published by Villard Books in October 2005. The Austin Chronicle called it “The most original novel of the year” and it received a Starred Review in Booklist, which praised it as “brilliantly inventive black comedy.” Kris is a native of the Bay Area but for many years has lived in Australia.

A painter as well as writer, his work has appeared in such publications as The Boston Review, The Hudson Review, The Antioch Review, River Styx, ZYZZYVA, New Letters, Prairie Schooner and Nimrod, to name a few. He was a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in 2004 and his second novel is scheduled for publication in 2007. For more information see or

Copyright © 2006 by Kris Saknussemm

[Editor’s note: an article on Kris can be found at City Beat.]

Bewildering Stories bibliography

Prose Fiction
War Dream
Zanesville (excerpt)

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