My name is Chris Malloy, and I'm a writer from the Philly area. Today I live in the southwest and edit the food section of Phoenix New Times. I have written about foraging in the Sonoran and chasing a girl in an Iron Age town in Italy, about experimental Mexican barbecue and an old future city.

My goal is to drop readers into another world. I try not to be an armchair writer who lives in the blue glow of a computer screen. Researching stories may mean taking a bite of the world's hottest pepper, learning smoker thermodynamics, or getting up at 3:30 a.m. to shadow an expedition in the forest.

Writing from across borders and time shapes my work. Ancient classics. The American fiction titans of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. The non-fiction trailblazers of the 1960s and 1970s. Leopardi and later the Italian hermetic poets. Jam bands. Video Games. Nature writers like Thoreau and Annie Dillard. 

My hope is to rise to the challenge the word faces in the age of pixels. My hope is to tell stories with vivid scenes and funky style. My hope is that you'll follow along.

You can reach me at Chrisamalloy[at]gmail.com.