Bio 2017-06-11T01:08:58+00:00

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), as well as 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’ study of feminism, A Megaphone, and Fence Books’ A Best Of Fenceas well as in literary magazines online and in print, including 5-Trope, Action Yes, Delirious Hem, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, Everyday Genius, FenceGhost ProposalMontevidayo, No Colony, Octopus Magazine, SleepingFishSpinning JennyTrickhouse, et al.

Christian received a BA from Bennington College, a MFA from Goddard College, and has taught Literature and Creative Writing classes at Brooklyn College and Hunter College, CUNY.

Prior to becoming a Master of Fine Arts and 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.

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

Having traveled the US extensively, camping in all but a handful of states, Christian is now on the path of the Hermit, living in an undisclosed location in the woods of Vermont, where he keeps the company of wild animals and sundry incorporeal entities and divides his time between workshop, garden, and temple, while doing his best to avoid most living humans. His last public appearance was at Goddard College, where he was honored to be asked to introduce his 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 a literary magazine that appears online and in print. Among the press’s forty-plus titles are books by Ana Božičević, Jenny Boully, Danielle Dutton, Johannes Göransson, Amy KingGordon Massman, Joyelle McSweeney, Joanna Ruocco, and Kim Gek Lin Short.

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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.

hallucinatory … trance-inducing (Publishers Weekly “Best Summer Reads”); 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); An orgy … at once sexy and scientifically compelling (The Rumpus); wholly new (Iowa Review); 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); 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); consistently inventive (TriQuarterly); playful, experimental appeal (Publishers Weekly); feels like coming (Maudlin House); 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 peculiar, personal music that is at once apart from and very much surrounded by the world (Verse); a world of wounded voices (Hyperallergic); dangerous language, a murderous kind…. discomfiting, filthy, hilarious, and ecstatic (Bookslut); 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)