TorockioProfessor Christopher Torockio joined Eastern’s English Department faculty in 2001, specializing in fiction writing and contemporary fiction. He is the award-winning author of four books of fiction—two novels and two story collections—as well dozens of short stories in leading literary magazines. A native of Pittsburgh, he holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. from Western Michigan University.

Selected Publications


  • The Soul Hunters: a novel, Black Lawrence Press, 2016
  • The Truth at Daybreak: stories, Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2008
  • Floating Holidays: a novel, Black Lawrence Press, 2007
  • Presence: stories, St. Andrews Press, 2000

Short Fiction

  • Colorado Review, “Township”
  • Ploughshares, “Colt”
  • West Branch, “Weights”
  • The Gettysburg Review, “Beach Ball”
  • The Antioch Review, “Sayings of Confucius”
  • Denver Quarterly, “The Distance to the Sun”
  • The Iowa Review, “High Crimes”
  • New Orleans Review, “Draining”
  • The Laurel Review, “Conservation”
  • Northwest Review, “Rust”
  • Willow Springs, “Powers of Expression”
  • Western Humanities Review, “Speaking in Tongues”
  • Tampa Review, “I-L-M”
  • Sou’wester, “Land of Canaan”
  • Many others…

Awards and Honors

  • 2011 Connecticut State University System Trustees Teaching Award
  • 2010 Eastern Connecticut State University Excellence Award in Creative Activity
  • Pushcart Prize Special Mentions for “High Crimes,” “Conservation,” “The Distance to the Sun,” and “Beach Ball”
  • 2009 Connecticut Commission on the Arts: Artist Fellowship Grant
  • 2008 Best New American Voices Nominee
  • 2007 Wesleyan Writers Conference Fellowship
  • 2001 North Carolina Arts Council Grant
  • 2001 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship
  • 2000 Scott Turow Prize for Fiction