K Chess is the author of FAMOUS MEN WHO NEVER LIVED (Tin House Books, 2019). Her short fiction has appeared in The Chicago Tribune’s Printer’s Row Journal, PANK, Midwestern Gothic, and other fine journals. She earned a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from Southern Illinois University. K was awarded the W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts for fiction writing in 2008/2009 and was named as Finalist for the Writers’ Room of Boston Fellowship in 2018. She teaches writing at GrubStreet in Boston and Rhode Island, and reads fiction for Quarterly West.

K Chess, a happy woman in sunglasses stands in front of an iceberg.

K’s work explores issues of identity and belonging, and the ways people communicate (or fail to communicate) across lines of experience. She enjoys pop culture, casual eavesdropping, and third-person autobiography. She recently changed her name for super-official reasons, and lives in Providence, RI.


Email: kchessok@gmail.com

Literary Agent:  Stacia Decker at Dunow, Carlson and Lerner.

Adaptation Rights: Sean Daily at Hotchkiss and Associates


Interview with K in The Rumpus, March 2019.

Interview with K in Foreword Face Off: Reviewers Interviewing Authors, February 2019.

One from the vaults! Contributor Spotlight from Midwestern Gothic, February 2016.