Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is an American poet and 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Poetry.

She is the author of seven books of poetry, including the forthcoming How to Love the Empty Air (Write Bloody Publishing), as well as the canonical slam history, Words in Your Face (Soft Skull Press), which U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins wrote “leaves no doubt that the slam poetry scene has achieved legitimacy and taken its rightful place on the map of contemporary literature.”

Founder of the three-time National Poetry Slam Championship venue, NYC-Urbana, Cristin has toured widely with her poetry, at venues as diverse as NYC’s Joe’s Pub, LA’s Largo Theatre and Australia’s Sydney Opera House. Cristin’s poetry books are published on Write Bloody Press, and available at all online & brick-and-order bookstores. For information on each individual book, please click on any of the titles at the right to read, listen or watch videos of Cristin performing work from the book.

Her poetry has appeared (or is forthcoming) in McSweeney’s Internet Tendencies, Rattle, Pank, Barrelhouse, MonkeyBicycle, decomP, Conduit and La Petite Zine (among others), as well as in anthologies such as Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Spoken Word, Learn Then Burn: Modern Poetry For the Classroom, Bowery Women and Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution (among others).

Recent awards include the ArtsEdge Writer-in-Residence position at the University of Pennsylvania (2010-2011), a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (2011), and an Amy Clampitt House Residency (2013). Her second collection of poetry, Hot Teen Slut, was recently optioned for film adaption, and her sixth collection of poetry, The Year of No Mistakes, was awarded “Book of the Year for Poetry” by the Writers’ League of Texas.

Cristin is now booking for 2018! If you are interested in bringing Cristin to your college, festival or arts venue, please inquire about her availability at coaptowicz@gmail.com!

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