Christopher "CB" Bassity
1528 S. 19th St.
Chickasha, OK 73018
(405) 222-5107 cell: 274-5245
• Excellent writer,
editor, and photographer with professional manner.
• Adaptable, quick to learn
new skills. Broad experience in a range of fields.
• Self-starter, accustomed
to working independently. Also work well in a team.
• Adept with computer.
Have created and maintained web-pages.
"Massey Metals: I Don't Just Bury It," CROSSTIMBERS, Fall 2002.
Several stories written for USAO public relations dept. release (one submitted
by PR director won second place in state competition for feature writing).
"Find What You Need at the Swap Meet," CROSSTIMBERS, Spring 2002.
"The Real American Cow-Punch," CROSSTIMBERS, Fall 2001.
"Bud Exendine: An Unlikely Character," CROSSTIMBERS, Spring 2001.
"The Green Limousine: How We Got By Before SUVs," Exquisite Corpse,
Issue 7, Fall 2000.
CB's Stuff: Creative Nonfiction, web-site of collected stories,
begun in 1998. www.ionet.net/~cbb
A Picture of Harold and Other Real People, master's thesis, University
of Oklahoma library, 2000.
"Thinking It Through," Windmill, V. 28 # 1, 1998.
"Muleskinner Blues," Small Farmer's Journal, Vol 20 # 2, Spring
"A Leaf in the Wind," Portals, V. 1, # 1, 1995.
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction, Goucher College, Baltimore,
MD, August 2003.
Master of Arts, English: Creative Writing, University of Oklahoma (OU),
Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO),
August 1997, Summa Cum Laude.
Other professional experience:
Award of Excellence (2nd place) in Feature Writing (among 400 entries),
2002 Oklahoma College Public Relations Association competition.
Serving as editor of fiction and features for the journal, CROSSTIMBERS.
Honored as "exceptional professor" by Alpha Phi Omega, Delta Beta Chapter,
OU, Nov. 1999.
Worked with writer William Kittredge at "Writing Your Self: Creative Nonfiction
and the Personal Essay," Recursos Writing Workshop, Santa Fe, N.M., Oct.
Studied with Jerry Bledsoe at "Writing Creative Nonfiction," Wildacres
Writing Workshop, Little Switzerland, N.C., July 1999.
Presented creative work, "A Picture of Harold," at Student Association
of Graduate English Studies (SAGES) Conference, "Land, Literature, and
Identity: Literary Regionalism," OU, Feb. 1999.
Worked with writer Mary Anne Maier at "Creative Nonfiction" workshop,
Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute, Stillwater, Ok., Oct. 1998.
Served as panel moderator, USAO Writing Symposium, Chickasha, Ok., Mar.
Assisted with USAO Writing Symposium, Chickasha, Ok., Mar. 1997, Mar. 1996.
Awarded 1st prize in USAO English Dept.'s first annual Short
Story Contest, Feb. 1997.
Admitted into Hypatia, USAO's honor society, Nov. 1996.
Won 1st prize in USAO English Dept.'s first annual Poetry Contest,
Awarded Regents' Scholarship, USAO.
The profiles I write, of apparently unremarkable people
and places, reveal the exceptional qualities of these subjects. As
a photographer I look for defining details, and I write with the same eye.
My stories get character on the page in word-pictures, portraying people
by what they say and do, and places in terms of color and activity.
Teaching freshman comp. as adjunct instructor, University of Science and
Arts of Oklahoma, Fall 2003.
Working as stagehand for Local 112 of the International Alliance of Stage
and Theatrical Employees (IATSE), Oklahoma City. From 1996 – present.
Writing as stringer for USAO PR dept.
Editing and critique-ing manuscripts by mail (currently $3.00/page).
Taught freshman comp. as adjunct instructor, University of Science and
Arts of Oklahoma, Spring 2001.
Taught freshman writing courses as Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept. of
English, University of Oklkahoma. (Comp. I in fall, Comp II in spring).
Aug. 1997– May 2000.
Wrote for USAO newspaper, The Trend. 1997.
Farmed and ranched 1,000-acre operation – profitably! in the 1980s and
'90s – Anadarko, Ok. 1979-1995.
As an editor, reading countless manuscripts by students
and fellow writers, I've learned to shape a story and revise prose to please
the mind, the heart, and the ear. Several writers have said my editing
of their manuscripts is the best they've had.
References: available on request