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Chad Holley is a writer, teacher, and lawyer. Born and raised in Mississippi, he later lived in St. Louis, where he was a graduate fellow in Philosophy at Washington University, and in North Carolina, where he earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Afterward he moved to California, where he attended law school and since 2008 has practiced law. He currently works as a judicial attorney for the California Court of Appeal and an adjunct professor of law.


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.      


Chad lives in Los Angeles with singer-songwriter Claire Holley and their two teenage sons.

photo credit: Emma Derieux-Billaud

I write for those who, like me, have a hunger that literal food does not satisfy, a hunger that—whatever its ultimate object—sends them continually, with some hope of relief, to the artful written word.

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