UC Davis — M.A. Candidate in Creative Writing
September 2017 - June 2019
UC Davis — B.A. English, Minor in Art History
September 2010 - June 2014
Graduated Summa Cum Laude
Fulbright — Recipient of a 2020 Fulbright Open Study Award in Argentina for Creative Writing
PEN America Awards — One of 12 writers to receive the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers 2018
Margrit Mondavi Graduate Fellow 2018 — Recipient of $5,000 fellowship to conduct research for a creative writing project in La Guajira, Colombia.
Gilbert Prize in Fiction — First place winner of the best graduate short story contest, 2018.
Best Creative Honors Thesis Award — For a collection of short stories written for her Senior thesis, 2014
Diana Lynn Bogart Prize for Fiction — First place winner, 2014
Pamela Maus Prize for Fiction — First place winner, 2014
English Department Academic Citation — For academic excellence in English, 2014
Dean’s Honors list — For academic excellence, 2010-2014
War, Literature, and the Arts — Short story, “Sister, Answer Me” in forthcoming Spring 2019 Issue.
PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2018 — Short story, “New Years in La Calera,” Catapult Press anthology, August 2018.
EPOCH Literary Magazine — “New Years in La Calera” in Volume 66 No. 3, September 2017.
ZYZZYVA Literary Magazine — Eight book reviews on zyzzyva.org/contributor/cristina-fries
Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá — Spanish-to-English Translations featured throughout website
Dulwich Picture Gallery — Art reviews for London, UK, website.
Writing Projects and Creative Collaborations
Don’t Leave, Cecilia — short story collection in-progress, UC Davis Creative Writing Master's thesis.
Bones of Girls — Libretto written for opera, musical composition by Ryan Suleiman. Forthcoming performance by Rogue Music Project in Sacramento, CA, in November 2019.
Moon, Bride, Dogs — Libretto written for opera, musical composition by Ryan Suleiman. Forthcoming performance: NANOWorks opera in Atlanta, GA, on May 30, 2019. Originally performed by Brooklyn Art Song Society in UC Davis Pitzer Center on May 11, 2018.
CinemaSteve Studios, San Jose, CA — August 2017 - January 2018. Lead actress and screenplay creative consultant for two short films.
University of California Davis, Davis, CA — Teaching Assistant
September 2017 - Present
Leading discussion sections of undergraduate students for various courses in the English Department.
Assisting professors with administrative and pedagogical tasks, including grading and supporting students with one-on-one writing consultations.
Custom Legal Marketing, San Francisco, CA — Editor, Writer
June 2015 - September 2017
Edited strategic online marketing content for 33 law firms, including articles, blogs, press releases and amplified content. Copyedited and fact-checked more than 120 articles per month using AP Style.
Wrote strategic content, such as website home pages, press releases, blogs, and newsletters.
Fine Arts Museums SF, San Francisco, CA — Intern
March - June 2017
Led education activities for Monday School Program for school groups (K-12) in the Monet: The Early Years exhibition at the Legion of Honor.
Coordinated school groups, facilitated arts education activities in the galleries, and assisted docents and teaching artists with organizational tasks during the Monday School Programs.
Robinson Institute of Languages, Buenos Aires, Argentina — English as a Foreign Language Teacher
October - December 2016
Planned and conducted one-on-one and group lessons for adult English-language learners whose native language is Spanish.
Implemented effective pedagogical practices to improve students’ pronunciation, conversational skill, grammar, and fluency in English.
ZYZZYVA, San Francisco, CA — Editorial Intern
July - December 2014
Wrote weekly 800 to 1,000-word contemporary fiction book reviews and conducted author Q&A interviews, published online at zyzzyva.org.
Reviewed and selected unsolicited fiction and poetry submissions for publication, and organized records of submissions using Microsoft Excel.
Proofread, copyedited, and fact-checked the Winter 2014 issue.
The California Aggie, Davis, CA — Arts Editor
June 2013 - June 2014
Managed staff of 11 arts desk writers by leading weekly meetings, researching article topics, assigning stories, and streamlining the publishing process with other editors.
Edited 11 articles, reviews, and columns per week in person with arts writers for a total of 30 issues in the 2013-2014 publishing year.
Languages and Skills
Spanish, Native speaker.
Literary Translation, Spanish to English