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Cristin joins 200 Poets in THE HARVARD REVIEW’s ‘Renga for Obama’

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Cristin is honored to have been invited by Major Jackson, editor of The Harvard Review to add a verse to their long form, multi-poet “Renga for Obama.” Cristin was thrilled to be paired with the legendary Patricia Smith, and their collaborative verse was added to the poem on March 11th. To see Cristin’s verse, as well as the full poem, click here.

Cristin & old friend Taylor Mali to perform in Sheen Center’s “The Art of the Duo” series (Oct 6)

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From The Sheen Center website: “Two veteran performance poets go back and forth, poem for poem, in celebration of their longtime friendship. When Taylor Mali and Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz first met at a poetry slam in Chelsea in 1998, he was middle school teacher who wrote poetry on the side and she was a 19-year-old NYU screenwriting student. Neither would have guessed it would be the beginning of a nearly two-decade long friendship or that that between them they would write nine books of poetry, three books of nonfiction, win four National Poetry Slam championships, perform their work in venues around the globe, and amass over 20 million views on YouTube for their poetry. On Oct 6th, Mali and Aptowicz will celebrate their long fruitful partnership with an evening of poetry.” For more information (and to snag tickets while they last), please visit The Sheen Center website by clicking HERE.

Cristin, Derrick Brown & Anis Mojgani perform at Serenbe (Sept 24)

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Marking the halfway point in their two week residency at Serenbe, Cristin, Anis Mojgani and Derrick Brown (collectively known as The Gentleman Bosses) will give a performance at The Oak Room at The Inn at Serenbe
(10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road Palmetto, GA, 30268). The event, which is open to the public, will take place on
Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 8:00pm 10:00pm. For more information, click here.

Anis Mojgani, Derrick Brown & Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz to Perform at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA (Sept 21)

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Cristin teams up again with her pals Anis Mojgani and Derrick Brown for a very special evening of poetry and performances at Eddie’s Attic (515 N McDonough St, Decatur, GA 30030) on September 21. The show will start at 7:30pm and feature an eclectic array of poetic mischief spawned by the trio known as The Gentleman Bosses. For more information, please see the Eddie’s Attic’s website here: http://eddiesattic.com/

The Gentleman Bosses (Derrick Brown, Anis Mojgani & Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz) Granted Two Week Artist Residency at Serenbe (Sept 18 – Oct 2)

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From the SERENBE website: “The Gentlemen Bosses is a writing collective formed in 2012 and consisting of writers Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Anis Mojgani and Derrick Brown, a trio of award-winning, internationally touring poets who are joined in their commitment to creating engaging, freshly modern work that is powerful on the stage as well as on the page. AIR Serenbe is pleased to support the Gentlemen Bosses for a 2016 Project Residency: two weeks of time and space to collaborate, experiment, and share new work with new audiences.” AIR Serenbe is a unit of The Serenbe Institute. We seek to fuse art and cultural content to further The Serenbe Institute’s mission to explore, embrace and expand the connection between nature, culture and the art of living. Since 2007, AIR Serenbe has championed the creative process by providing artists with uninterrupted time and space and a welcoming community in which to create. To learn more, please visit the Serenbe website here: http://www.airserenbe.com/

Cristin Interviewed for KTEP’s PERSPECTIVES

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From the KTEP website: “Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter was born at a time doctors rarely washed their hands or used anesthesia. In the bestselling book DR. MÜTTER’S MARVELS: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz explores the previously untold life story of this young, handsome and ambitiously brilliant surgeon whose talents in the operating room and lectures halls were unrivaled in his lifetime. Aired Aug. 28, 2016.” To listen to the interviews, click here: http://ktep.org/post/perspectives-dr-m-tters-marvels.

Cristin Marries Longtime Friend Ernest Cline

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On June 18, 2016, Cristin wed her longtime friend, the novelist / screenwriter, Ernie Cline, in her hometown of Philadelphia. Their officiant was Write Bloody Publishing founder & poet, Derrick Brown, and both Cline family DeLoreans — ECTO-88 and EOD-88 — were in attendance. To read the official wedding announcement in The New York Times, click here.

Cristin’s Book Named one of “7 Books That Perfectly Capture The Spirit Of Philadelphia” by Bustle

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Cristin is very proud that Bustle named Dr Mutter’s Marvels as one of “7 Books That Perfectly Capture The Spirit Of Philadelphia.” Writer Amy Sachs wrote: “Most pieces of Philadelphia history are taught to us in our high school history classes: the American Revolution, The Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross, the list goes on and on. For a Hamilton fan like myself, I love all that stuff now more than ever. But the medical history of the city is so often overlooked, it makes books like Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’s Dr. Mutter’s Marvels more important than ever. This work of nonfiction focuses on the important medical work and research done in Philadelphia during the mid-nineteenth century.” To read the whole list, please click here.

Cristin to Give Mütter Lecture at Cleveland Musuem of Natural History (Jan 13)

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From the Cleveland Museum of Natural History website: “Join New York Times bestselling author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz as she discusses the life and career of the famous surgeon Thomas Dent Mütter as detailed in her book “Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine.” “Dr. Mütter’s Marvels” chronicles the remarkable life of Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter (1811-1859): a dazzling, young American surgeon who was so flamboyant and audacious that he wore colorful silk suits to perform surgery, embellished his last name with an umlaut, and was described as the “[P.T.] Barnum of the surgery room.” Mütter was a revolutionary figure whose compassion-based philosophies and innovative surgical ideas and breakthroughs clashed with the constraints of his time. The vast collection of medical oddities he amassed to serve as teaching tools for his enormously popular lectures as a professor of medicine would later become the foundation for one of the most (in)famous museums in the world: Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum. Please note that specimens from the Mütter Museum will not be on display at this event. A book signing follows the talk, which is free with general admission. The book is available for purchase in the Museum Store.” Here’s a link to the FB event page to RSVP & spread the word!

Cristin to Give Mütter Talk in Association with Berkeley’s The Bone Room (Jan 9)

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From The Bone Room website: “Join us for An Evening of Bones & Books, as we return with our first event of the new year. Dive into the mind of historic physician and oddity collector, Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter, with a detailed biography of his life, contributions to medicine, and interest in the bizarre. ‘Dr. Mütter’s Marvels’ is a New York Times bestseller by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, and chronicles the debonaire doctor’s journey through medicine and love of natural anomalies. Guests at the event can enjoy a lecture and Q&A with Cristin, a book signing, and a special appearance by a mystery guest. In order to guarantee a seat, please RSVP to bonesandbooks.events@gmail.com and include your name and number of guests. Those who come to the event without an RSVP will be asked to wait in line until 7:15pm, at which point unclaimed seats will be given on a first come-first served basis. We advise arriving promptly and coordinating travels ahead of time. Copies of ‘Dr. Mütter’s Marvels’ are now available for sale at The Bone Room (1573 Solano Ave) for $17, and available for loan at the North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library (1170 The Alameda). Additional Mütter memorabilia will be available for purchase at the event. This event is FREE to attend, and open to all ages! We do advise that children be accompanied by an adult, as props will be used that may be upsetting to more sensitive guests. Please note that the RSVPs on this event page do not reflect the actual RSVP total; please address any questions or comments to bonesandbooks.events@gmail.com for further information.” Here’s a link to the FB event page for more information and to spread the word!

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