After graduating from Vassar College, Iovenko returned to his native Louisville, Kentucky and worked in various jobs such as a teacher for blind children, a movie projectionist, and a suicide prevention phone counselor.
Iovenko then moved to Los Angleles and found work as a writer, director and producer in feature film. Iovenko’s award-winning dark comedy EASY SIX (Showtime, 2005) marked his feature writing and directing debut.
As a fiction writer, Iovenko has published numerous short stories in literary journals and magazines such as Open City, The American Voice, Outercast, Farmhouse Magazine and The Los Angeles Reader. He has written non-fiction articles and essays for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Spin and Details Magazine.
"Chris Iovenko’s prose comes at you like a pit bull. Whether he’s describing blue-collar barflies or corporate functionaries, he writes with a fiercely observant eye and a Swiftian sense of the absurd. This is original, high-risk stuff from a wickedly gifted storyteller."
“Open Wide: How Hollywood Box Office Became a National Obsession”
Feature Narrative Films:Showtime Network: Easy Six as
Star Maps as
Executive Producer (directed by Miguel Arteta)
Feature Documentary Films:Fly-By-Noir Films as
Harry Crews: Guilty as Charged
Warren Oates: Across the Border
Arrow Entertainment as
Hawgwild in Sturgis
Publishing:Short fiction and one-act plays published in literary magazines including:
The American Voice
The Licking River Review
Non-fiction contributor to:
The Los Angeles Times
The New York Times
Current Teaching Positions:UCLA Extension Program
Creative Writing Workshop – The Art of the Page Turner
Current Board Memberships:American Civil Liberties Union Southern-California
Foundation Advisory Board Member
Los Angeles Conservancy