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Chris Baty is the founder of National Novel Writing Month and was the first executive director of the Office of Letters and Light. He is the only person to have completed NaNoWriMo every year since its inception. The nature of OLL's events have been heavily influenced by his upbeat sense of humor and optimism in the world of novel-writing.
Baty is also the author of No Plot? No Problem!, which was released in 2004. His freelance writing work has appeared in publications such as Lonely Planet, SF Weekly, and East Bay Express. An alumnus of UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago, he continues to live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
When Chris Angotti arrived at OLL in July 2010, the debate over how to differentiate between the two Chrises began. The confusing favorite was to call Chris Baty Chris A. because he was there first and to call Chris Angotti Chris B.
In July 2011 Chris announced in an email to participants that he would be stepping down as OLL's executive director in January 2012 to pursue writing full-time. Board of Directors Grant Faulkner took Chris's place.