Christian Pet author photo Christian Peet is the founder and publisher of Tarpaulin Sky Press and the author of the forthcoming true-crime novel, Angela’s Story (GPB/TS). He has also written a collection of “postcards,” Big American Trip (Shearsman Books), and two cross-genre chapbooks, Pluto: Never Forget (Interbirth Books) and The Nines (Palm Press). Other fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and hybrid work appears in anthologies such Chain Arts’ Megaphone, and Fence Books’ A Best Of Fenceas well as in literary magazines online and in print, including Action YesDenver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, SleepingFishTrickhouse, et al. Christian received a BA from Bennington College, a MFA from Goddard College, and has taught Creative Writing  for Brooklyn College and for Hunter College, CUNY. Prior to becoming a literary legend, Christian worked as a dishwasher, carpenter’s apprentice, sheetmetal fabricator, hired hand on a goat farm, maintenance man, landscaper, and convenience store clerk.


L-R: Xtian, Lorri Davis, Damien Echols, Paul Selig, Elena Georgiou

In 2006, Christian adopted the path of the Hermit. In an undisclosed location in the woods of Vermont, he divides his time between workshop, garden, and temple, keeping the company of sundry incorporeal entities and a number of wild and domesticated animals. His last public appearance was at Goddard College, where he was honored to introduce heroes Damien Echols and Lorri Davis.

As publisher of Tarpaulin Sky Press, Christian has claimed responsibility for the dissemination of acclaimed hybrid- /cross- /trans- genre texts and innovative poetry and prose through the publication of trade paperbacks, hand-bound books, and an online literary magazine. Among the press’s fifty-plus titles are books by Ana Božičević, Jenny Boully, Rebecca Brown, Jennifer S. Cheng, Steven DunnDanielle Dutton, Johannes Göransson, Amy KingJoyelle McSweeney, and Joanna Ruocco.


Although known for their staunch refusal to fit into any genre but Other, Tarpaulin Sky Press titles are nonetheless glowingly reviewed in a wide variety of venues, including After Ellen, American Book Review, BookslutHTML Giant, Huffington Post, HyperallergicThe Nation, NPR Books, Publishers Weekly, The Rumpus, Time Out New York, TriQuarterly, and VICE.

exquisite imagination… (Publishers Weekly “Best Books 2018”) warped from one world to another (The Nation); beautifully startling and fucked and funny and tender and sad and putrid and glitter-covered all at once. (VICE); simultaneously metaphysical and visceral … scary, sexual, and intellectually disarming (Huffington Post); only becomes more surreal (NPR Books); proves indie presses deserve your attention (BuzzFeed News); hallucinatory … trance-inducing (Publishers Weekly “Best Summer Reads”); wholly new (Iowa Review); language dissolves into stream-of-consanguinity post-surrealism and then resolves into a plot again (Harriet); horrifying and humbling in their imaginative precision (The Rumpus); a world of wounded voices (Hyperallergic); riotous, rapturous, and radical (LA Review of Books); unapologetic work, so bitch and bad-ass (VIDA); Visceral Surrealism (Fanzine); as savagely anti-idealist as Burroughs or Guyotat or Ballard (Entropy); both devastating and uncomfortably enjoyable (American Book Review); creating a zone where elegance and grace can gambol with the just-plain-fucked-up (HTML Giant); dangerous language, a murderous kind…. discomfiting, filthy, hilarious, and ecstatic (Bookslut); consistently inventive (TriQuarterly); “highly rewarding” (The Stranger); feels like coming (Maudlin House); a peculiar, personal music that is at once apart from and very much surrounded by the world (Verse); breakneck prose harnesses the throbbing pulse of language itself (Publishers Weekly); the opposite of boring…. an ominous conflagration devouring the bland terrain of conventional realism (Bookslut); an orgy … at once sexy and scientifically compelling (The Rumpus); dark, multivalent, genre-bending … unrelenting, grotesque beauty (Publishers Weekly); futile, sad, and beautiful (NewPages); melding and resisting traditional conventions of genre (HTML Giant); refreshingly eccentric (The Review of Contemporary Fiction); a kind of nut job’s notebook (Publishers Weekly); thought-provoking, inspired and unexpected. Highly recommended (After Ellen)