Fiction writing was my first love, so it’s a real joy for me that this new book – my third thanks to a lot of help, work, and support – is short stories (with a few essays thrown in for confusion as to what really happened). Through some serendipitous connections via previously publications, the smart, caring Lethe Press brought my stories into book form. Much gratitude for publisher Steve Berman, book designer Toby Johnson, and cover designer Niki Smith (I love the cover!) for making this happen. And gratitude to some of my favorite writers who lent their supportive words in blurbs: Carolina De Robertis, Cyrus Cassells, and Manuel Muñoz. And thanks to the editors of the journals who first brought these stories into print (or web), including Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, A&U, Jonathan, Platte Valley Review, Blue Stem, Boulder Planet, Blithe House Review, Apalachee Review, South Pacific Review, POUI, Drunken Boat, and The James White Review. And thanks to my love, Gabriel Padilha, for the author photo. And clearly to the readers, for whom it’s all created. Enjoy NAMING CEREMONY.  Chip Livingston (photo © 2012 Gabriel Padilha).



Some Wonderful News!!

I’m joining the Low-Rez MFA faculty at IAIA!

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The Institute of American Indian Arts announce its first graduate program, the new Low Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, which offers a professional degree in creative writing while allowing students to live at home. The program begins with a weeklong residency at the IAIA campus in Santa Fe where students and faculty mentors gather for workshops, classes, lectures, readings, and individual conferences.

In keeping with IAIA’s unique mission—“to empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning, and outreach”—most of the faculty mentors are American Indian and the literature studied in the program carries a distinct Native American emphasis. The program is open to everyone, but its focus aligns with IAIA’s unique mission.


Jon Davis, a faculty member at IAIA for 22 years, directs the program. Faculty mentors include Sherman Alexie, Sherwin Bitsui, Amanda Boyden, Joseph Boyden, Natalie Diaz, Melissa Febos, Santee Frazier, Sterlin Harjo, Geoff Harris, Joan Kane, Chip Livingston, Susan Power, Eden Robinson, and Orlando White.



Super thrilled to be joining some of my favorite short prose writers in this year’s edition of BEST GAY STORIES. Thanks to editor Steve Berman and Lethe Press for this stunning collection!

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Featuring prose by Steve Berman, Jameson Currier, Eris Sasson, Alex Jeffers, Thomas Kearnes, Stephen Graham Jones,  Eddie Safarty,  Matthew R. Loney, Nicholas Boggs, Saeed Jones, Mark Ameen, Chaz Brenchley, Hal Duncan, Jonathan Harper, Aaron Chan, Casey Hannan, Simon Jacobs, William Sterling Walker, Peter Knegt and me. Hot off the presses! Get yours now!

New Short Story Published and Awarded

A recently written short story of mine, “Don’t Tell Me,” is published in JONATHAN, the new lit magazine Sibling Rivalry Press is printing (and electronically downloading) edited by Raymond Luczak. I’m thrilled for the story to find such a great home in such great companionship with admired gay fiction writers. My story was also selected to appear in BEST GAY STORIES 2013, available next year from LETHE PRESS and edited by Steve Berman. Such good things happen when you “finish” a work… Thanks to all these editors!

You can find more info about JONATHAN and order the issue here.

New Short Story Published on Southern Pacific Review

Here is a link to a recently published short story, “Killing the Familiar,” on Southern Pacific Review.
“Killing the Familiar”

New Book Announced

Cover art by Deb Kirkeeide.


My second full-length poetry collection, CROW-BLUE, CROW-BLACK, will be published on May 1, 2012 by New York Quarterly Books.

Editorial description:

Chip Livingston confronts and immerses himself into new cultural territories in his second poetry collection, Crow-Blue, Crow-Black, an examination – critical, colloquial, and personal – of identity in terms of geography, experience, and blood quantum. A southern, gay, mixed-blood poet is thrust into the big-city literary life of the New York School artists in Greenwich Village, yet finds “home” in Uruguay with an Argentinean. Crow-Blue, Crow-Black crosses traditional Native American narrative and incantatory styles with the quick-witted street poems of the New York School. It crosses the border into the southern hemisphere and bears witness to the influence of the Rio de la Plata, the grand capitols of Montevideo and Buenos Aires on its shores. From rural coastal roots to urban urgency and back to the rhythm of rivers and ocean, Crow-Blue, Crow-Black maps the continents of the Americas.


“Crow-Blue, Crow-Black” at NYQBooks.



Chip’s poem posted to POETRY FOUNDATION web site

My poem “Nocturnal Admission” is reprinted/posted on the Poetry Foundation web site!  You can read it (and get access to 1000s of other poems) here:


Publication News

More Good News: Recent Publications include work in the new issues of ~

POEMS: in Solstice Literary Review, The Florida Review, Hinchas de Poesia, Pearl

FICTION: in Drunken Boat

NONFICTION: Platte Valley Review

New York Quarterly Reading Series

New York Quarterly Reading Series

October 18, 6 pm, Cornelia Street Cafe

Join me as I read with Monique Ferrell and John Tobias with the fabulous New York Quarterly series. Entrance is $7 which includes one drink.

Info at

2nd Annual New York Rainbow Book Fair

Saturday, March 27, 2010
11am to 5:30pm

The Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies (CLAGS) at CUNY.

The City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue,
on the concourse level of the beautiful old B. Altman Building
at 34th Street in Manhattan.

This is the largest LGBT book event in America, and it is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Be a part of the most exciting lgbt book event in the U.S. Join authors, poets, publishers, university presses, and the entire reading and writing community in this diverse spectacular of words, images, and talent. With over 8,000 square feet of exhibitions, events, mingling, and meeting authors and readers like yourself.

Combining author readings, poetry performance, academic panels on the past and future of lgbt literature and publishing, specialized events for genre readers and writers, and something for all of our community, the 2nd Annual Rainbow Book Fair will put the snap and sparkle back into book reading. Meet hundreds of authors and publishers and thousands of readers from all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.

Featured at the 2nd Annual Rainbow Book Fair:

  • Author readings
  • Poetry performances
  • Academic panels on the past and future of lgbt literature and publishing
  • Specialized events for genre readers and writers