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Chris Belden Writer Musician TeacherCHRIS BELDEN was born and raised in Canton, Ohio, home of the O’Jays, Macy Gray and Marilyn Manson, not to mention Thurman Munson. He was literally an altar boy and attended twelve years of Catholic school before escaping to the blessedly secular University of Michigan, where he studied film. For many years Chris played drums in the Ann Arbor band The Slang, followed by a stint with indie favorite Joe Henry. He moved to NYC where he spent twenty mostly happy years, culminating in his marriage to the beautiful and talented Melissa DeMeo and the birth of their daughter, Francesca.

In the meantime, Chris co-wrote the screenplay for the feature film Amnesia (starring Ally Sheedy), co-wrote and co-starred in the play The Ballad of Larry the Flyer (NYC Int’l Fringe Festival, 2001), and recorded two albums, Songs About Anything and Camouflage. In 2007, Chris and family moved to the wilds of Connecticut, where they live beside a small lake. In 2011 Chris received his MFA from Fairfield University, where he taught creative writing and English. He founded and continues to teach at the Ridgefield Writers Workshop. Chris also runs a writing workshop at a maximum security prison.