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Cristin’s Reissues Reviewed by PANK Magazine

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Cristin first four books of poetry — “Dear Future Boyfriend,” “Hot Teen Slut,” “Working Class Represent” and “Oh, Terrible Youth” — (recently reissued by Write Bloody Publishing) snagged a fantastic review on the PANK magazine blog. Review Alicia Kennedy wrote that Cristin “wins you over by being conversational and funny, earnest and accessible. She can turn a phrase that knocks you out, but for the most part it’s like you’re hanging out with someone especially articulate.” Of Dear Future Boyfriend, she wrote, “is filled with love poems, alternately heartsick desperate and self-aware desperate.” Of Hot Teen Slut, she wrote “covers the adjustment to a full-time job, how weird it is when that job is looking at porn when you’re a virgin, and being a feminist who looks at porn all day. It’s quite a bit of material to work with, and Aptowicz molds it into something much more cohesive than Boyfriend.” Of Oh, Terrible Youth, she wrote, “painfully recognizable adolescent moments, told with her characteristic humor.” And of Working Class Represent, she wrote, “is the strongest. Unlike Slut, it’s not focused on one job but is about the general struggle to make it through the days and convince yourself everything’s okay when you have no safety net to fall on.” To read the full review, please click here. And to buy all of Cristin’s poetry books at a discounted rate, please visit the Write Bloody Publishing store here.

Cristin’s book “Working Class Represent” Reviewed in Small Press Review

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Cristin’s recently reissued third book of poetry, Working Class Represent (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011), recently received a wonderful review by Marc Schuster on the online lit blog Small Press Reviews. Schuster wrote, “From tragedies both global and personal, Aptowicz expertly milks equal amounts of pathos, humor, and self-awareness. What’s more, there’s a story in this collection, a subtle narrative about priorities, about anxiety, about the myriad performances we put on throughout the day. And, ultimately, about finding one’s place in the world.” To read the full review, please click here.

Cristin’s Reissues Reviewed in decomP magazinE

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Cristin first four books of poetry — “Dear Future Boyfriend,” “Hot Teen Slut,” “Working Class Represent” and “Oh, Terrible Youth” — (recently reissued by Write Bloody Publishing) enjoyed a glowing omni-bus review in the October 2011 issue of decomP magazinE. Review Spencer Dew wrote generously of each book. Of Dear Future Boyfriend, he wrote “Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz makes hard seem too easy, like life itself just squeezes out of the toothpaste tube in the shape of a poem, like poems fall out, ready-made, from between the pages of old National Geographics the way maps used to and maybe still do.” Of Hot Teen Slut, he wrote “That this collection of pieces around work in pornography can be so heartwarming, not just funny and not just smart, is itself a victory; poetry wins in this book, and readers will find themselves cheering it on.” Of Oh, Terrible Youth, he wrote, “the narrator of these poems reinvents her world, over and over. The reliving of childhood pleasure is, of course, a new experience, categorically different from the original living with all its stress and unknowing.” And of Working Class Represent, he wrote, that the book is “chock full of tiny, tangy confections, and while you might read a review, like this one and think, ‘Really? A poem about writing a poem on the subway?’ you sure don’t know the recipe, or you would write books like this for yourself, because they are that good.” To read the full review, please click here. And to buy all of Cristin’s poetry books at a discounted rate, please visit the Write Bloody Publishing store here.

New Poem by Cristin in Special 50th Issue of Danse Macabre

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Cristin is thrilled that her new poem, “The Impossibility of Death In the Mind of Someone Living” has been included in the special 50th issue of Danse Macabre, a wonderfully eclectic lit journal which has earned its reputation by publishing the strange, the dark & the beautiful (DM had previously published Cristin’s poem, “How Capophorus Did It,” which was later published in her book, “Everything is Everything“) and this special issue features work by contemporary poets as well as classic poets such Ambrose Bierce, John Keats, Edgar Allan Poe and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, among others. Check out the full 50th issue here, and to read Cristin’s poem, please click here.

Cristin’s Poetry Appears on IndieFeed on Performance Poetry Podcast

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Cristin’s poem, “Facts About Seven U.S. Presidents I Still Somehow Remember And The Surprisingly Effective Ways I Remembered Them,” (from her book, Oh, Terrible Youth) is on today’s IndieFeed Performance Poetry Podcast. A special treat, after the poem, stick and listen to a brief Q&A featuring poet Anis Mojgani as well as a lot of Presidential facts & Presidential fictions. To listen to the podcast, click here.

Cristin Appears in the NEA’s 2011 Writers Corner

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The National Endowment for the Arts posts work from their fellows every year in a section of their website called “Writers’ Corner,” and Cristin is thrilled to join the 2011 NEA Fellows in showcasing work in this year’s Writers’ Corner. Click here to read Cristin’s poem or click here to see the complete list of fellows, and read their work as well.

Cristin’s book “Dear Future Boyfriend” Reviewed by Small Press Reviews

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Cristin’s recently reissued debut book of poetry, Dear Future Boyfriend (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011), recently snagged a sweet write up by Marc Schuster on the online lit blog Small Press Reviews. Schuster wrote, “Anyone who’s ever been young and in love will find something to enjoy in Dear Future Boyfriend. What’s more, fans of Cristin O’Keefe Apotwicz will enjoy bearing witness to the initial stirrings of wit and sharp observation that mark her later work. Overall, a fun and at times moving read…” To read the full review, please click here.

Cristin Is Proud to Help Open Austin’s ND at 501 Studios

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The first time Cristin ever came to Austin Texas was to perform at the 1998 National Poetry Slam when she was 19 years old. It was her first National Poetry Slam and NPS director was a young organizer named Mike Henry. Thirteen years later, Cristin is thrilled to help officially open Mike Henry’s dream space: the ND at 501 studios. In an opening Spoken Nerd Showcase (doors open at 8pm) featuring poetry by Mike Whalen, Shappy Seasholtz, DaShade Moonshine and Mike Henry himself, Cristin will be performing few poems herself as well. The show will be followed by a sure-to-be blistering set by Hammel on Trial. Come on out & keep coming out to support live performances at this incredible new space!

Cristin to Perform at the 2011 Word X Word Festival

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Cristin & Shappy will be performing at this year’s Word by Word Festival in Pittsfield, Mass. The spoken word selection this year is being curated Taylor & Marie-Elizabeth Mali, and include Cristin, Shappy, Buddy Wakefield, Rachel McKibbens and Omar Holman. Cristin will be performing as well as hosting their slam. To check out the full schedule, and including venues & times, check out the official Word X Word Festival website here.

Cristin published in Muzzle Magazine’s “Best of the First Year” Print Edition

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Chicago-based Muzzle Magazine is an online literary journal which as garnered a lot of praise and attention in its first year. After appearing in Muzzle‘s first issue, Cristin was thrilled to hear that the poem was also accepted in Muzzle Magazine‘s “Best of the First Year” anthology, which is available in print and online form. The anthology also includes recent poetry by Roger Bonair-Agard, Rachel McKibbens, Marty McConnell, Lauren Zuniga, Kevin Coval, Jamaal May, Khary Jackson, Geoff Kagan Trenchard and Benjamin Clark, among others. For more information or to buy your own copy, please visit the official website here.

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