- Director, Ad Astra Center for Science Fiction and Speculative Imagination
Chris McKitterick has lived in seven states and two countries but calls Lawrence – where he teaches science fiction and writing across many genres – home. He's an award-winning author whose fiction, poetry, and nonfiction has appeared in a diversity of publications. He's also a popular speaker, awards juror, and previously served as the director of James Gunn's Center for the Study of Science Fiction. En route, he studied astrophysics, education, and psychology, and earned his BA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he ran an observatory and a planetarium. He spent a year teaching high school in the Montana Badlands, then began formal SF writing and literature studies in 1992 with James Gunn at the University of Kansas, where he earned his MA in creative writing and continued post-graduate studies afterward. For nearly a decade, he worked for gaming and tech companies in Seattle, spending summer vacations teaching speculative-fiction workshops and a SF literature institute for educators, before KU recruited him to teach SF and writing full-time in 2002. Chris sees surviving his youth as evidence of quantum realities.