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Cristin to Return to Shady Side Academy (April 9 – 11)

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Cristin is thrilled to returning to Shady Side Academy for another series of workshops, performances and slam just in time for National Poetry Month.

THE YEAR OF NO MISTAKES is reviewed in BUST

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Poet and actress Amber Tamblyn reviewed Cristin’s latest poetry book, The Year of No Mistakes, in the April / May 2014 issue of BUST Magazine. In her review, Tamblyn writes, “Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz leaves no nerve unturned with her latest collection, The Year of No Mistakes, an impressive saga of growth and transformation. Her poems follow a long-term relationship through its many geographical, physical and emotional incarnations until a new romance blossoms in its place… The Year of No Mistakes doesn’t just take you from pot of gold to pot of gold–it lets you lick every layer of color that arches high in between.” To read the full review, snag the latest issue of BUST with Amy Schumer on the cover!

Cristin to Host Sarah Kay Book Releases at Joe’s Pub (March 15)

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Cristin is absolutely thrilled to be flying to New York City for one night only to host the amazing NO MATTER THE WRECKAGE book release parties at Joe’s Pub for her friend, the amazing poet, Sarah Kay. This is Sarah’s debut collection of poetry, since her work went viral — thanks in large part to her incredible TED Talk — and she is so honored & excited to be hosting this book’s incredible debut. For more information, please visit Sarah’s website here.

Cristin To Be Performing Several Times During AWP 2014

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Cristin is very excited to be attending the 2014 AWP conference. She is one of the readers at the official AWP event celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Write Bloody Publishing, alongside Write Bloody founder & chief, Derrick Brown, as well as other WB authors: Jon Sands, Brendan Constantine and Mindy Nettifee (Saturday Morning, 9am). She will also be in THREE evening performances: the WRITE BLOODY SHOWCASE on Thursday evening (Feb 27; Re-Bar 7pm); the LITERARY DEATH MATCH on Friday evening (Feb 28; Lucid Bar, 9:30pm); and the SARAH KAY & CRISTIN O’KEEFE APTOWICZ BOOK RELEASE (March 1; St Mark’s Cathedral BLOEDEL HALL; 1245 10th Avenue East 8pm) Here latest book, The Year of No Mistakes, will be available so please come on by & visit her!

Cristin to be Keynote Performer at Southeast Missouri State University’s biannual Wordsfair

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Cristin is honored to be invited as the Keynote Performer at Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau campus)’s biannual Wordsfair: Celebration of the Arts. The Wordsfair is free, and Cristin will be giving her hourlong keynote performance and Q&A on Friday February 14, 2014. For more information, please visit the SEMO website here.

Cristin to Perform in NYC

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Cristin is thrilled to be returning to our old hometown for New York City for several special gigs. First up, on Weds Jan 22nd, The Year of No Mistakes will be enjoying its first official book release at Brooklyn’s Greenlight bookstore. Cristin will be reading alongside Aziza Barnes, Cynthia Lowen, and Kamilah Aisha Moon in this free series curated by the amazing Angel Nafis. For more information, click here. Then on Friday, Jan 24, Cristin will be featuring at the New York City’s first home for poetry slam, the iconic Nuyorican Poets Cafe. For more information, click here.

Cristin & Derrick Brown perform on Friday the 13th at Write Bloody Store

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Cristin will be celebrating Friday the 13th at the Write Bloody Store in Austin, TX, with her publisher and pal, Derrick Brown. It’s a FREE EVENT and will be running from 4pm – 6pm! Here’s more info from the event page: “What could possibly be a BETTER WAY to spend your Friday the 13th early evening the earning some GOOD LUCK at the Write Bloody Publishing store in Austin! Special guests Derrick Brown Party Page & Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz will be SIGNING copies of their books, PERFORMING their poetry (if you ask nicely!) & DRAWING portraits of YOU (mostly Cristin doing that!) AND IT’S FREE! (But buying some sweet WB stuff at sweet DISCOUNTED prices would be super rad!) NOTE: This will be the *** LAST CHANCE *** to buy COA’s books in the store! She’s cleaning us out! So if you want a signed COA book for Christmas, COME ON DOWN! Friday the 13th, 4-6pm, Write Bloody Store on Cesar Chavez (in the parking lot of Juan in a Million). It’s FINAL WEEK of the WB store! DON’T BE THE CHUMP WHO NEVER WENT! OR THE HEARTBREAKER WHO NEVER SAID GOOD BYE! SEE YOU THEN!”
For more information or to RVSP / spread the word on Facebook, click here.

Cristin to Perform at BookWoman

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Cristin is super excited to be reading at Austin’s own feminist indie bookstore, BookWoman, alongside Laurie Filipelli (author of Elseplace) and Laurie Saurborn Young (author of Carnavoria and the forthcoming Industry of Brief Distraction. The event is FREE, starts at 7pm and is being held on Dec 5th at BookWoman (5501 N Lamar Blvd, #A-105, Austin, Texas 78751-1029). For more information, or to RSVP on FB, please click here.

Cristin’s book THE YEAR OF NO MISTAKES is reviewed on BookSlut

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“In The Year of No Mistakes, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz writes poetry with a stark honesty that comes along with having to rebuild a life,” BookSlut reviewer Rebecca Silber writes in her glowing review of Cristin’s sixth book of poetry. “She wrote this collection after shedding boyfriend, city, and any notion of future security that she may have grown accustomed to. However, you will not be required to read this curled up in your bed with a box of Kleenex — this is not a high school breakup sad, sulky book of poems. The Year of No Mistakes is Aptowicz’s sixth book of poetry and she brings a knowing maturity to her writing.” To read the full review, click here.

Cristin Nominated for a Pushcart Prize

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Cristin is deeply honored that Write Bloody Publishing, which publishes all six of Cristin’s poetry books, has nominated her poem, “Your Wife,” from her recently released book, The Year of No Mistakes for a Pushcart Prize. Big thanks to Derrick Brown & the rest of the Write Bloody team for shining the spotlight!

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