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“Words in Your Face” mini-review in the Library Journal

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Five years after its release, Cristin’s history of the poetry slam,Words In Your Face, received some really kind words from Library Journal Associate Editor Mahnaz Dar in the latest issue of the Library Journal. In a survey of the book which LJ staff are currently reading, Dar wrote: “Poetry, a venerable and established tradition, has seemed, well, not super relevant to my life. Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam has shattered that perception. It’s a fascinating look at the poetry-slam scene over the past two decades, and even though I’m only a couple of chapters in, it’s changed how I see poetry. Author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, who was big on the scene herself, frames it as a vibrant (and even debauched), living thing: full of colorful characters and laced with an edgy, in-your-face tone. Basically, Aptowicz does for poetry what Please Kill Me did for punk rock.” Click here to read the whole piece.

New Poetry by Cristin in The New Magazine

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A new poem by Cristin appears in the fantastic inaugural issue of THE NEW! Check out cover art & poetry by Anis Mojgani! And beautiful fresh verse by Khary Jackson, Michael Mlekoday, Ross Hickerson, Dawn Gabriel, Jason Bayani and more! To read the poem, click here.

New Poetry in Thrush Poetry Journal

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Cristin is delighted to appear in the latest issue of the gorgeous Thrush Poetry Journal, alongside poets such as CL Bledsoe, Sarah Giragosian and Gabriel Welsch, among others. To read Cristin’s poem, “January,” click here.

New Poetry by Cristin in Brusque Magazine

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Cristin is thrilled to have a new poem, “Trickle Down Economics,” in the latest issue of the Brusque Magazine, a new lit journal by Muzzle editor Stevie Edwards. Click here to read Cristin’s poem, which will also appear in her forthcoming book of poetry, The Year of No Mistakes.

First Six Shows of the “Live from the Amy Clampitt House” series now LIVE

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Cristin is excited to debut the first first six shows in her “Live from the Amy Clampitt House” podcast series on the IndieFeed Performance Poetry Podcast. The series invites poets who are visiting Cristin at the Amy Clampitt House to record a short poem and the be interviewed by Cristin about the craft and process of writing. The first six shows are (click on the poet’s name to be taken to the show): Marie-Elizabeth Mali, Joanna Hoffman, Buddy Wakefield, Taylor Mali, Wess Mongo Jolley and Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz. Stay tuned as more shows roll out in the next few months.

Cristin to be Visiting Writer at College of Saint Rose

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Cristin will be visiting classes, giving a brown bag talk about grants lit journals, as well as giving performance workshops at The College of Saint Rose. The visiting is being orchestrated by Prof Daniel Nester, who served as editor for Cristin’s slam history, Words In Your Face, as well as the editor of the forthcoming Write Bloody anthology, The North American Bible of Incredible Sestinas, which features the sestina by Cristin first published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendencies (to read that poem, please click here).

Cristin is Judging Poetry Recitation Competion at Miss Hall’s School

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Cristin will be returning to Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield Massachusetts to be one of the judges for their annual Poetry Recitation Contest. Please stay tuned to see if this event is open to the public.

Cristin to perform at the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge

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Cristin is honored to be making her return to the legendary Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge (downstairs at 738 Mass Ave. in Central Square, Cambridge). Her Weds Apr 17th appearance will be her second time gracing the Cantab Stage, which is one of Cristin’s favorite slams in the country. Doors open at 7:15 for an 8:00 poetry-only open mic and a 10:00 featured poet! An open poetry slam follows the feature. Cover is $3 ($5 for special events) and the show is strictly 18+. JUST ADDED: Show up early for Cristin’s “Getting Ink” workshop, all about how to submit your work to literary journals, magazines & anthologies! For more info on the workshop, please click here. For more information on the show, please click here.

Cristin’s “Curiosity” Bought By Gotham Books / Penguin

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From Publishers Weekly: “Poet and 2011 NEA Fellowship recipient Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz sold a book about a man considered one of the fathers of modern medicine, Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter, to Charlie Conrad at Gotham. Foundry Literary + Media’s Yfat Reiss Gendell sold world rights to the book, called Curiosity, at auction. Mütter, who died in 1859, was a renowned surgeon and lecturer, and his vast collection of medical specimens, which he donated to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia (CPP) in 1856, today makes up Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum of medical oddities. Aptowicz, whose previous books include 2008’s Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam (Soft Skull Press), wrote a screenplay about Mütter that, in 2004, earned her a Sloan Foundation Fellowship from the Hampton International Film Festival. (The screenplay remains unproduced.) The Mütter Museum, Foundry noted, is the country’s most popular science museum among those between the ages of 25–35.”

Cristin’s Clampitt Residency written up in The Rogovoy Report

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The Berkshire Taconic Art Council’s press release announce the two 2013 residents for Amy Clampitt House was published in its entirety in local Berkshire’s art blog, The Rogovy Report. In it, Cristin is quoted as saying she said, “I am deeply honored and humbled to have the opportunity to live and work at the Amy Clampitt House as its 2013 writer-in-residence. I am in the process of finishing two manuscripts — one poetry and one nonfiction — and I am grateful everyday for the extraordinary gift of time, focus and space that Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation is granting me with this residency. Amy’s incredible presence and her bright energy can be felt in every room of her namesake house, and her books — often with her handwritten notes, receipts and various other ephemera found tucked inside — have already inspired my work to move in new directions. What more could a writer ask for?” To read the full release, please click here.

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