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Cristin to host Page Meets Stage with Bob Hicok and John S. Hall

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Cristin is honored to be returning to New York City to host a very special Page Meets Stage, featuring two of her favorite poets: John S. Hall and Bob Hicok. John S. Hall is perhaps best known for his work with his band King Missile and its cult hit, “Detachable Penis,” but he has also released several books on NYC’s Soft Skull Press. An interview with John S. Hall comprises an entire chapter of Cristin’s book, Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam. He is also a fantastic human being. Bob Hicok is another one of Cristin’s favorite writers. Published widely, and having been awarded two NEA Fellowships and a Guggenheim Fellowship, he is also one the most popular “poets poet” around. The event will be taking place at the Bowery Poetry Club on Weds December 15, with the show starting promptly at 8pm. Arrive early for good seats. To RSVP and/or spread the word, please visit the Facebook event page by clicking here.

Cristin’s Poetry Published in the New York Times Learning Blog

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Cristin’s poem “At The Office Holiday Party” (from Everything is Everything) was included in the New York Times Learning Blog for their weekly “Poetry Pairing” series, in which they “collaborate with the Poetry Foundation to feature a work from its American Life in Poetry project alongside content from The Times that somehow echoes, extends or challenges the poem’s themes.” To read the poem and the piece selected to be published alongside the poem, click here.

Cristin Returns to Shady Side Academy as Visiting Writer

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Cristin is thrilled to be returning to Pittsburgh’s Shady Side Academy from for the second time in as many years. Thanks for the efforts of Shady Side Academy’s English Chair (and former PGSA teacher) Linda McDonald Joseph, Cristin will be spending the week (Dec 7 – 10) working with students on their original poetry, and the hosting a schoolwide slam on Friday.

Cristin’s Poem Published in “American Life in Poetry” Series

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Cristin is honored to have one of her poems included in the American Life in Poetry series, “a free weekly column for newspapers & online publications featuring a poem by a contemporary American poet and a brief introduction to the poem by former U.S. poet laureate Ted Kooser.” To read both the poem and Mr. Kooser’s commentary, click here.

Cristin Nominated for a Pushcart Prize

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Cristin is thrilled to have her poem, “A Poem Not About the Brooklyn Bridge” (from her book Everything is Everything) nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Cristin’s publisher Write Bloody nominated the poem, alongside works by poets (and COA pals) Karen Finneyfrock, Jeanann Verlee, Brian S. Ellis and Mindy Nettifee. To read the nominations and check out the full Write Bloody website, click here.

Cristin to Perform at Jean-Jacques Gallery with Jane Cassady and Shappy Seasholtz

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Cristin will be performing with her partner Shappy Seasholtz, Philadelphia poet Jane Cassady and others at the Jean-Jacques Gallery, an intimate book and gift shop in Philadelphia’s Mount Airy neighborhood. The address is 7118 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119, and the show starts at 7pm. To RSVP pr spread the word, please visit the Facebook Event page by clicking here.

Cristin’s Poetry appears in latest issue of The Orange Room Review

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Cristin’s poems “Our Year of Smut” and “Third and Last” are published in the December 2010 issue of The Orange Room Review. These particular poems will be forthcoming in the Write Bloody reissue of Oh Terrible Youth, which will be available in early 2011.

Interview with Cristin Published in Used Furniture Review

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An Interview with Cristin appears in the new lit journal, Used Furniture Review. Cristin is asked questions about her writing process, the origins of the “Crack Squirrels” and her favorite authors. To read the full interview, click here.

Cristin Awarded a 2011 NEA Fellowship for Poetry

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It was announced today that Cristin was among the poets awarded the National Endowment of the Arts 2011 Creative Writing Fellowships in poetry. FROM the NEA Press Release: “Selected through an anonymous review process, the fellowships encourage the production of new works of literature by allowing writers the time and means to write. The Creative Writing Fellowships alternate annually between poetry and prose. This year, the NEA received 1,063 eligible applications; the 42 poets recommended will each receive a fellowship of $25,000.” For more information, please visit the NEA website here.

The Wordsmith Press Announces Sale of their Final Editions of Cristin’s First Four Books

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In preparation for the forthcoming 2011 Write Bloody expanded re-issues of Cristin’s first four books (which are already available for pre-sale on Amazon), Ann Arbor basement press The Wordsmith Press is selling off its final copies of the original handmade TWP editions of the books. Originally $12 each, TWP will be selling their remaining copies of their books for $8.99 until they sell out, and then no more will be produced. The remaining inventory is as follows: Hot Teen Slut (1 copy left), Oh Terrible Youth (4 copies left), Working Class Represent (6 copies left) and Dear Future Boyfriend (20 copies). To visit the TWP online store, click here. If you are interested in receiving an email when the new (and expanded) Write Bloody editions are available and/or are a member of the press interested in receiving review copies, please email: aptowicz@yahoo.com.

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