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Christopher Merkner

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Main Hall Room 532
720 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00am-4:30pm
Summer Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00am-4:00pm

Phone: 610-436-2822

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Christopher Merkner

Assistant Professor
Main Hall 203


  • Ph.D., University of Denver
  • M.F.A., University of Florida


  • 21st-Century Fiction
  • Forms and History of the American Short Story
  • Creative Writing Pedagogies
  • Scandinavian-American Immigrant Literatures

Selected Publications


The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic: Stories. Coffee House Books, 2014.

Short Fiction

“Children at the Bar,” “Little Museums,” “Clover,” & “New Years Resolution,” Five Points, forthcoming Fall 2016

“Pelicans Leaving Rural Pennsylvania,” “Returns,” & “Common Disagreements,” Great Jones Street, forthcoming 2016

“Human Contact Near Philadelphia, 2012 – 2014,” Hayden’s Ferry Review, forthcoming 2016

“Exquisite, Exemplary,” Subtropics, Issue 20/21, Summer 2016

“A Lesser Trouble,” Midwestern Gothic, Issue 18, Summer 2015

“Up To and Including Our Limits,” Hotel Amerika, Vol. 12, no.2, Winter 2015

"Cabins." Subtropics 16 (Spring/Summer 2013).

"The Pants and the Belt." Thumbnail 4: Flash Fiction (Thumbnail Magazine: A Flash Fiction Journal). April 2013: 1.

"Tomtens." Fairy Tale Review: The Grey Issue. Spring 2012.

"Our Time in Norrmalmstorg." The Laurel Review. Spring 2012.

"We Figured on a Lifetime." The Collagist. January 2012.

"O Sweet One in the Bluff." New World Writing (formerly Blip Magazine). Fall 2011.

"When Our Son, 24, Brings Us His First Girlfriend." New South. Winter 2011.

"Last Cottage." Best American Mystery Stories 2011. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. Originally published in The Cincinnati Review 7.1 (Summer 2010).

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