A manifesto for a more wondrous age.

My name is Ian J. Battaglia, and I am a writer and editor based out of Chicago. I am one of the editors at The Chicago Review of Books, where I am also a frequent contributor.

I'm a writer of fiction, literary criticism, interviews, essays, screenplays, and more. My writing has been featured in The LA Review of Books, Input Magazine, The Kenyon Review, The Chicago Reader, Full Stop Magazine, and more. As a screenwriter, I was selected to write the official adaptation of Nathaniel Rich's short story, "Hermie". I was accepted to the Residencia Corazón in La Plata, Buenos Aires, as well as the Gradient Residence on Galiano Island. I am currently working on a novel manuscript.

Below is a list of my bylines:


Fiction -

  • HERMIE - Official adaptation of Nathaniel Rich's short story into a short screenplay.
  • Dust - "The flower looked so frail in my hands, so red in the light. One of the petals was almost translucent. I placed a hand to my mouth and felt the stubble on my lip."
  • Steam - "It was pitch black this time of year, and there was nothing to tell you  where to go. I loved that feeling, it made me feel like I was smart."
  • Chirp - "She got down on her knees and leaned into the bird. It blinked. She gasped softly."
  • Artifact - "Its sacred geometry shifted in my eye, though I knew that was just part of it’s trick. It renders itself different to all those who’d seen it but what I saw left me breathless."
  • Howl - "There was nothing wrong with the moon. It seemed like it would keep growing. It wasn’t a problem until it was."

Non-Fiction -