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Cristin will be attending the National Poetry Slam in Boston / Cambridge

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Cristin will attending various events and bouts at this year’s National Poetry Slam, being held in the Boston / Cambridge area August 9 – 13, 2011. She will be cheering on her home venue of NYC-Urbana as well as the Philadelphia team, which has her partner Shappy Seasholtz on it. There are a lot of fun events to check out, including the very popular annual National Nerd Slam. For more informatio & to create your own schedule of events to attend, please check out the NPS 2011 website here.

“Hot Teen Slut” Reviewed in The Legendary

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Cristin’s recently reissued second book of poetry, Hot Teen Slut (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011), recently snagged a glowing reviewed in the latest issue of the online lit journal, The Legendary. Reviewer Elizabeth McClellan wrote, “How do I love this book? Let me count the ways. My first read was hurried, gulping, excited—the way falling in love with a poetry collection usually is. My read for this review was more slow, thoughtful, sensual. My love affair with this book is going quite nicely. I should have listened to my friends when they told me this book was right for me, giggling when I said “sass,” telling me to hurry up and just read it…” To read the full review, please click here.

Cristin’s Work Spotlighted in Radius Column

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The Performance Poetry / Slam Poetry focused lit journal, Radius, has a reoccurring column where they ask poets to spotlight a (older) poet who inspired them and a (younger) poet whom they find inspiring. Cristin is thrilled to have her work spotlighted by Providence Slammaster, Megan Thoma, who writes, “Everything I love about Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’s work is what I love about Cristin herself. Her poetry is earnest, funny, rooted in her experiences, and aching to make a connection with you on the most honest and genuine level. Cristin is a champion for poets, slam poets, women, the working class, and underdogs everywhere. Most important, Cristin is a champion for joy…” To read the full column, which include a new poem by Cristin, please click here.

Cristin will be hosting Elliott D. Smith & Jared Singer CD Recording Party in NYC

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Cristin is very excited to be hosting the CD release party for NYC-Urbana Team members Elliott D. Smith (NYC-Urbana Team 2010) and Jared Singer (NYC-Urbana Team 2009 & 2011). The duo has been creating incredibly thoughtful & challenging work for the last few years, and this evening, where in the two poets will be recording their live CD, should prove to be incredible. The show starts at 10pm at the Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, NYC NY), and will feature many specials guests & surprises. To RSVP or spread the word, please visit the Facebook Events page here.

New Cristin Poem Published in New Verse News

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“Abecedarian About Women’s Rights,” a new poem by Cristin, was published today in New Verse News, an online literary journal which “presents politically progressive poetry on current events and topical issues.” Click here to read the poem.

Cristin Reading at the Wooden Shoe Books

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Cristin is making her Wooden Shoe Books debut on Sunday June 12th at 7PM. Cristin will be joining Fine Fine Music author Cassie J. Sneider, Claire Krueger, and Matt Dineen for a special reading at the beloved indie bookstore located at 704 South Street. To RSVP or spread the word, please visit the FB Event Page here.

All Five of Cristin’s Poetry Books Are Available & On Sale Now!

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Cristin is thrilled to announce that all five of her poetry books are now available on the incredible indie press, Write Bloody. Everything is Everything was released last year on Write Bloody, and now Cristin’s entire back catalogue — Dear Future Boyfriend, Hot Teen Slut, Working Class Represent and Oh, Terrible Youth — has been re-issued by Write Bloody, in expanded versions reworked by series editor (and TED poet) Sarah Kay. All five books are available to purchase at / order thru your local independent, chain or online bookstore. Or you can buy a COA Poetry Pack — all five titles together — for a low summer rate of $55 at the Write Bloody Store; click here and scrolls down to the ‘Packages’ section more info.

Cristin’s book “Hot Teen Slut” reviewed by Small Press Reviews

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Cristin’s book Hot Teen Slut received a wonder review from Marc Schuster at Small Press Reviews. In it, he calls Hot Teen Slut “a great collection of poetry — a memoir in verse chronicling poet Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’s brief career in the adult entertainment industry” which is “insightful, frequently funny, always intelligent.” To read the full review, click here.

Cristin’s book “Hot Teen Slut” reviewed by Used Furninute Review

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Cristin’s book Hot Teen Slut received an incredible review at the lit journal Used Furniture Review. In his lengthy (1,000+ word) review, reviewer Chris Vola wrote that, “Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’s second collection of poems, Hot Teen Slut, offers an honest and prescient glimpse of a side of the adult industry rarely seen or considered, the desk jobs behind the smut and the motley and surprising souls that fill them. It’s a young woman’s struggle to create the art that sustains her spirit and to stay true to her personal philosophy while working in a field that contradicts all of it. And, most importantly, it’s some of the funniest (read: raunchiest) poetry I’ve read since Letters to Wendy’s.” To read the full review, click here.

Cristin’s poem “Old Boy” is Poem of the Day on Verse Daily

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Cristin was thrilled to hear that her poem “Old Boys” (which can be found in Oh, Terrible Youth) was selected as the Poem of the Day on the popular website, Verse Daily. Verse Daily is “an independently owned daily publication of quality poetry on the worldwide web” with a mission of “republishing from fine literary magazines and books of poetry one new poem each day… to promote poets and their publishers while providing a wealth of excellent poetry to the public free of charge.” To read Cristin’s poem, please check here. To read Verse Daily‘s write-up on Cristin, please click here.

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