Heartbreakingly beautiful, dimly lit, hope as thin in the air as fresh air itself, and time miraculously but not permanently frozen.

- Rick Bass on Seneca Lake, Ohio

Thank You Gravy



writer. reader. eater

Cristina Perachio is a 28 year old writer living in Philadelphia. She’s writing and traveling with mentor, Rick Bass for his book Eating My Heroes, which you can read all about on her blog, Thank You Gravy. She’s in grad school, works at a small Quaker school as the Director of Marketing & Communications and spends most of her paychecks on really good food before paying rent which she does not recommend to anyone.

Cristina Perachio was born in Philadelphia where she lives, writes and eats. She was recently selected as a finalist in Narrative magazine’s 30 Below Contest for emerging writers under 30 years old for her story “Nightstands” ( 2014.) Her story, “Seneca Lake, Ohio,” was featured as Narrative’s Story of the Week (Sept 2013.)


She has had the crazy good fortune of working with mentor Rick Bass on his monstrous nonfiction book, Eating My Heroes which you can read more about on her blog, Thank You Gravy. She can’t write all about it here. It’s too awesome for this bio. It needs more space! So go read about it.


Cristina is also in the process of editing her dark, humorous story collection about loss, power and the vulnerability that shakes it plus other things that sound depressing but are actually kind of funny, she swears. She totally thought she was done but then she visited Bass in Montana as part of his book project and as research for hers. So, now she’s writing a novella to finish up the story collection.


As former Contributing Food Writer for Philadelphia Weekly, she wrote a column called “You’re Quite the Dish” (which was once called a “steaming pile of dog vomit” in a letter to an editor) as well as restaurant reviews (which sadly, no colorful letters to the editor were ever written.)


Her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, BUST magazine, MAGNET magazine, Philadelphia City Paper and Philadelphia magazine. She is currently very happy working as the Director of Marketing & Communications for Media-Providence Friends School (a wonderful small Quaker school that she graduated from.)


Cristina earned a BA in Journalism from Temple University in 2009 and her MFA in Fiction at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Program in July of 2014.



Thank you to Clare Gillen for many of the photographs displayed on this site.