Chris Cander is a novelist, children’s book author and freelance writer whose work has appeared in a wide variety of national publications. Since entering a writing contest in fifth grade, she’s suffered from an insatiable urge to write. Hardly a day passes that she isn’t at her desk, trying to capture the hearts and souls of imaginary people on paper.
Chris graduated from the Honors Program at the University of Houston in 1990 with a BA in French and a minor in Political Science. In 1994, she attended the Ploughshares International Fiction Writer’s Seminar at Kasteel Well, Netherlands. The following year, she attended the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, where she was able to work alongside some of her favorite authors.
When asked to become a part of the collaborative experience at Fe29, Chris was thrilled. “So much about writing is solitary,” she says. “By contributing my ideas to projects that were being created by a group of artists from different fields, it felt like I was being lifted from the remote backcountry of my imagination and deposited into a brightly lit room.”
“She (Cecilia) believes that this alchemical blending of talents creates art that is far greater than the sum of the initial reactants and so I was honored that she asked me to co-create something with her. The piece she began with is a long sheet of copper, oxidized an oceanic green and then texturized to resemble the magnified surface of a canvas. She created three gentle swells, which look like waves. Taking Cecilia’s life journey into consideration—after loss, she followed love halfway across the globe to find her joy—I wrote a poem that I hoped would reflect her story and enhance in some small way her piece of art”.
…….” I was quite moved by the process of physically transcribing my verse onto Cecilia’s piece. It was the first time I had ever collaborated with another artist in such a way. I hope it won’t be the last”.
An accomplished martial artist, Chris appreciates the kinesthetic aspect of many of Fe29’s pieces. For the sculpture entitled Transcendence she wanted to enhance the elements of freedom and fortitude that it seemed to embody. “When I first saw it, I heard the first two lines of the poem in my mind: ‘Wrench this stake from its margent ground, Let fly the wind, let loose the bounds.’ ”
Chris looks forward to future collaborations with the artists in the Fe29 community. Meantime, she continues to write novels and articles. Her children’s picture book, The Word Burglar, will be published by Bright Sky Press in early 2013. Chris is a member of of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Author’s Guild, and MENSA. She lives with her family in Houston, TX.