Christopher David Rosales

Core Candidate Assistant Professor of Innovative Prose
Core Faculty


MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics - Core Faculty


PhD Candidate - University of Denver
MFA - CU Boulder
BA - Cal State Long Beach

Christopher David Rosales is from Paramount, CA. His first novel, Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper, won him the McNamara Creative Arts Grant. Rosales currently lives in Denver, where he is the fiction editor for SpringGun Press and a PhD candidate at DU. His second novel, Gods on the Lam, was published 2017 by Perpetual Motion Machine. His third novel, Word is Bone, is forthcoming from Broken River Books. He has taught or guest lectured at CU Boulder, MSU Denver, University of Denver, and UC Santa Cruz. Contact him at

From the heart

I am proud to be a part of a University that believes in educating the whole human: heart, body, and mind.


  • Center of the American West writing award 2007-2010
  • McNamara Creative Arts Grant 2010
  • Campus Wide Research Award - University of Denver - 2015

Recent publications/exhibitions

  • Word is Bone (forthcoming, Broken River Books, 2018)
  • Gods on the Lam (Perpetual Motion Machine 2017)
  • Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper (Mixer 2015)

Research/scholarship/creative activity

Christopher David Rosales is a journalist, novelist, screenwriter, editor, and musician. His work is informed by his continued scholarship in popular criminology, film studies, and hip hop theory and practice.

Courses taught

  • Memoir/Anti-Memoir
  • Writing Workshop: Fiction

What book do you find yourself regularly pressing into the hands of students?

Namesake by Joan Fiset and Erasure by Percival Everett

Describe a moment when you helped a student reach an “ah ha” or transformational moment.

I can't wait for that moment at Naropa. It's why I teach, and why I'm eager to begin teaching at Naropa.

What's next?

My dissertation/next novel is in process. It's titled Paper Dolls Ride Shotgun, and it examines the parallels between the gangs of community intelligentsia on the streets of 90s L.A. and the gangs of academic intelligentsia in the halls of universities.

  		Christopher David