Eric Freeze

Eric Freeze (CNF, Fiction) | Crawfordsville, IN

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Eric Freeze is author of the short story collection Dominant Traits (Dufour, 2012), a collection of creative nonfiction Hemingway on a Bike (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), and the short story collection Invisible Men (Outpost19, 2016). He is the recipient of a number of awards including a Canada Council for the Arts grant for work on a novel. He has published stories, essays, and translations (French to English) in numerous periodicals including Boston Review, Harvard Review, and The Southern Review. He teaches creative writing at Wabash College and in Butler University’s MFA program. He lives in Crawfordsville, Indiana and Nice, France.


Invisible Men (Outpost19, 2016). Short Stories. Fiction.
Hemingway on a Bike (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). Essays. Creative Non-Fiction.
Dominant Traits (Dufour, 2012). Short Stories. Fiction.

Blurbs, Press & Reviews

“From the chilling thought experiment called ‘Duplex,’ which opens this powerful collection, to the strange and beautiful elegy to a lost life called ‘Ice Woman’ that closes it, Eric Freeze investigates with not a little humor and plenty of sorrow, the chasms and chaos several men (and a few women) leave behind when they disappear.”
—Pam Houston, author of Cowboys are My Weakness and Contents May Have Shifted

“Osmotic in content and flexible in form, these stories turn themselves inside out, unhinge and pivot, a collection of epiphianic epiphanies. Reading these, we wake, newly genetically engineered Gregor Samsas, to these transcendent dreams evolving into these monstrously sublime visions.”
—Michael Martone, author of Michael Martone and Four for a Quarter

“Freeze is the the kind of thoughtful writer and parent who will help us save the world.”
—Bonnie Jo Campbell, National Book Award finalist and author of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters and American Salvage

Hemingway on a Bike is a wonderful book of essays, wry and wise, in which Eric Freeze considers what it is to be a twenty-first century literary man’s man, in all his house-remodeling, sweet-parenting, foosball-playing glory.”
—Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins and The Financial Lives of the Poets

“Bodybuilding Jesuses, glorious thorough moving explorations of the word bolt, the search for the finest foosball table in the world, beardlessness, wrestling, the many glories of Canada, towns filled with Vulcans, superheroes, house-lust, love, pain—a wry and piercing collection of adventures and misadventures from a terrific essayist. A book both tart and gentle, which I savored from first line to last.”
—Brian Doyle, author of Mink River and Grace Notes

“Hallucinating DJs and castrating calves, the Sin of Onan and skidoos up a mountain: Dominant Traits maps a startling and strange range of lives and faces; these surprising stories stand bright and sure and mark a rabid curiosity.”
—Mark Jarman, author of 19 Knives and My White Planet

“Freeze builds his sentences with the intricate grace of the snowflakes so often falling from the sky in these eleven stories, all of them peculiarly sad and funny and beautiful.”
—Ben Percy, author of The Dead Lands and Refresh, Refresh

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