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Cristin’s “Working Class Represent” Reviewed at The Lit Pub

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Cristin’s recently reissued third book of poetry, Working Class Represent (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011) enjoys an incredible review in the online lit blog, The Lit Pub. Reviewer David Cotrone writes, “I have heard that comedians are our modern philosophers. I have heard, too, that this is true of poets, the keepers of thought and inquiry, practitioners a sort of observation that could only belong to a writer. In Working Class Represent, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, however, transcends these categories — comedian and poet — as she is both. She surveys the way in which our lives may sometimes take sad and misshapen shapes, and creates these shapes anew while also keeping her good humor on display, showing that is possible to at once grimace, smile and even laugh….” He later writes “…Aptowicz’s strength is that she uses accessible language to say what no one else can. She navigates the world of labor and modernity with fierce conviction, all the while questioning all that lies before her. She writes of a familiar place — New York as we see it today — and yet under her lens the mundane becomes foreign, even wild. Yes, this book reveals our lives in motion, on the loose. Simply put, if the world is a question then Aptowicz has the answer. And luckily, like our greatest explorers, she has written it all down.” To read the full review, please click here.

Cristin’s Poetry Appears in “City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry”

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Cristin’s poem “Chicago Deep Dish” is published in the recently released poetry anthology, City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry (University Of Iowa Press). The anthology, edited by Ryan G. Van Cleave, also features poetry from 100 different poets including amazing poets such Patricia Smith, Bob Hicok, Beth Ann Fennelly, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Marty McConnell, Tony Trigilio, Marvin Bell, Stuart Dybek, Martin Espada and Joy Harjo, among others. The anthology was recently reviewed by CJ Laity on the Chicago Poetry website, and Cristin’s poem was spotlighted within the review. Laity wrote: “I want to make this clear: there are some truly great poems in City Of The Big Shoulders. When I say great, I mean great great, like they need to be studied and even memorized great. I’m talking “Chicago Deep Dish” by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz great (“. . . a city smart enough to know that if you / are going to have that heart attack, you might / as well as have the pleasure of knowing / you’ve earned it.”).” For more information on the anthology or to pick up your own copy, please click here.

Cristin to Perform in Pittburgh

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Cristin is excited to be returning to Pittsburgh for more performance & workshop engagements. On Tuesday March 6, Cristin will be performing and workshopping with students at Slippery Rock University. On Weds March 7 & Thursday March 8, Cristin will be at Shady Side Academy, where she will lecturing, performing and workshopping with students.

Cristin to Attend AWP 2012 Conference in Chicago

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Cristin is thrilled to be attending the 2012 AWP Conference in Chicago. In addition to helping man the Write Bloody Publishing table (making its AWP debut), she will able to speaking on a panel about the evolution on the slam movement on Friday March 2 at 3pm (click here for more info). Cristin will also be performing at three evening events. On Thurs Mar 1st, Cristin will be performing at the Slam Legends invade Louder Than a Bomb: an AWP OFF-SITE READING, alongside poets like Roger Bonair-Agard, Taylor Mali, Jamila Woods, Jason Carney and Daemond Arrindell, among others! Show starts at 6pm at the Chicago Cultural Center
(78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602). On Friday March 2nd, Cristin will be performing at the Write Bloody Word Party, reading alongside other WB authors such as Derrick Brown, Anis Mojgani, Robbie Q. Telfer and Laura Yes Yes among others. The show starts at 9:30 PM at Elastic Arts (2830 N Milwaukee). And lastly, on Saturday March 3rd, Cristin will be the featured poet at the West Side School for the Desperate: AWP Offsite reading. Time and location, TBA. Stay tuned.

Cristin is awarded the 2013 Amy Clampitt Residency

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After years of applying, Cristin is thrilled to have been awarded the 2013 Amy Clampitt Residency. The residency was created to “benefit poetry and the literary arts by converting Amy Clampitt’s prior residence into a facility which would provide for a place to foster the study and promotion of poetry and/or a poet in residence.” As the 2013 resident, Cristin will spend six months (Feb – Aug 2013) living and writing in a “charming, fully furnished, 3-bedroom, 2-story house in Stockbridge, MA.” The residency is provided free of charge, requires no obligations from the poet other than a single public reading, and provides a generous monthly stipend as well. Cristin is hugely humbled by this generous and affirming opportunity, and is grateful for the time and focus this residency will allow. For more information on the Amy Clampitt Residency, please click here.

New Poetry in The Foghorn

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Cristin is happy to be back among the fact and the fiction in the literary journal, The Foghorn. The three new poems deal with facts about the ancient world, and hence probably shouldn’t be read whilst eating. To read the new poems, please click here.

New Poetry by Cristin Published in Muzzle

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After appearing in its debut issue, Cristin is excited to have more new work appear in the most recent issue of Muzzle, alongside work by Reginald Dwayne Betts, Malachi Black, Sierra DeMulder, Shira Erlichman, Megan Falley, M. Ayodele Heath, Michael Mlekoday, Gregory Pardlo, and Jacob Victorine, among others. To read the new poem which appear in Muzzle, please click here.

Cristin to Perform Four Times in Minneapolis/St. Paul Area

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Cristin is excited to be returning to the twin cities! Cristin will be performing at four different events from February. On Friday February 10th, Cristin will be performing at the College of Saint Benedict on Feb 10th (click here for more info). On Saturday Feb 11th and again on Valentine’s Day (Feb 14), Cristin will be headlining the SlamMN! 17th Annual Erotica Slam (click here for more info). And finally, on Sun Feb 12th, Cristin will be featuring at Hamline University’s CUPSI Finals (click here for more info). All events are open to the public. If you are in the area, please come on out!

Cristin’s “Hot Teen Slut” Spotlighted in Best of the Small Press List

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Cristin’s recently re-issued book, Hot Teen Slut (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011), was named by writer/critic Spencer Dew as one of his favorite small press books of 2011 on the Karen the Small Press Librarian blog. About the book, Dew writes: “Poverty-struck poet lands a cubicle job in the pornography industry, but inexhaustible good humor and a resolute belief in poetry’s ability to offer at least a temporary anecdote to the oppressions of the status quo makes this book like one of those little hypos of adrenaline folks carry in case of emergency.” To read the review in context of the full list, please click here .

Cristin to Perform at EIU’s Lions in Winter Reading Series

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Cristin is thrilled to be making her performance debut at Eastern Illinois University at their annual Lions in Winter reading series. Cristin will be giving an evening performance, as well as meeting students at several classes. For more information, please visit the EIU website here. And special thanks to EIU professor and PANK editor Roxane Gay for the kind invitation.

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