Chris Bower graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in 1999 and completed the MFA in Writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. Chris Bower’s fiction and poetry has appeared in GetUnderground, Annalemma, and The 2nd Hand. He has been awarded the Folger Adam J. Prize for Poetry and was the ficiton editor of the University of IL Montage Poetry and Fiction literary arts magazine. He founded and hosts the Ray's Tap Reading Series in Logan Square and hosts Chinaski's weekly literary open mic in Bucktown. Bower has produced at least one play a year since 2003; all productions written and directed by Chris Bower unless otherwise noted. You can read an interview here.


LIttle Boy Needs Ride

Part of the Magpies Happy Family Series

Viaduct Theater, Chicago, IL


Notes to Molly

Part of School of the Art Institute's Alumni Bow

Prop Thtr, Chicago, IL

Notes to Molly

The Siberian Mouth
Bruised Orange Theater Company, Chicago, IL

Promises To Keep: The Poems of RFK
Voodoo Mystere Theatre, New Orleans, LA

Santa IBS 
Prop Thtr, Chicago, IL

Promises To Keep:  The Poems of RFK
Rhinoceros Festival, Chicago, IL

The, End?!
Rhinoceros Festival, Chicago, IL

Texts For Nothing #8 
The Museum of Contemporary Art & Prop Thtr, Samuel Beckett Festival, Chicago, IL

The World's Oldest Dog,
directed by Beau O'Reilly
PAC/EDGE Festival, Chicago, IL

The Family Dogs 
Rhinoceros Festival, Chicago, IL

The Shut-Ins, directed by Stefan Brun
PAC/EDGE Festival, Chicago, IL

The American Family: Macho Breadcrumbs
Trap Door Theater, Chicago, IL