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Chad Holley is a native of Mississippi. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a law degree in California, where until recently he served as a judicial attorney for the California Court of Appeal and now teaches law. He lives in Los Angeles with singer-songwriter Claire Holley and their two teenage sons.


Chad’s fiction and essays have appeared in, among other places, Shenandoah, Greensboro Review, storySouth, and Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Mystery Stories. His work has received support from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. He has written for The Food Network, and his feature screenplay, Kids Show, was a finalist in the BlueCat Screenplay Competition. He was awarded a 2022 Lincoln City Fellowship by the Speranza Foundation.      

photo: Claire Holley

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