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Dec 3, 2013 — – Cristin’s Latest Book is reviewed on BookSlut

“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.

Oct 11, 2013 — – Cristin’s Latest Book is reviewed in Hothouse Magazine

“If you aren’t familiar with Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, then you are doing a serious disservice to your sensibilities,” Hothouse Magazine reviewer Jene Gutierrez writes in her thoughtful review of Cristin’s sixth book of poetry. “I enjoy Aptowicz’s work because I think it best captures what draws me to a particular kind of poetry: the expression of deep emotion and transformative experience that is never condescending, never beholden to obscurity, never tries to be anything more than a beautifully expressed sentiment that can provoke a smile, a laugh, a sadness, and at its best, a recognition and a resonance. Aptowicz knows how to turn a phrase, how to render her experience as your own. This collection is brimming with vulnerability, intimately expressing how place informs experience, especially with regard to those you love, and how recollection of experience is inextricably tied to geographical and emotional places.” To read the full review, click here.

May 16, 2013 — – Cristin Features in local NPS Segment about her Residency at the Amy Clampitt House

Cristin’s residency at the Amy Clampitt House is the focus of a NPS segment produced by New England Public Radio’s own Jeremy Goodwin. “[Aptowicz's] mission is to confound the expectations of people who thought they didn’t like poetry,” Goodwin says in the piece, which includes brief interviews with local poet (and chef) James Beard and Berkshire Taconic Art Foundation’s Maeve O’Dea. Click here to listen to the whole piece.

April 15, 2013 — – Cristin’s Book Deal for Curiosity Written Up in Publisher’s Weekly

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.” Click here to read the article.

January 30, 2013 — – Cristin Interviewed by The Daily Texas About Write Bloody Publishing

Cristin was happy to be included in The Daily Texan article celebrating Derrick Brown, Write Bloody Publishing and their new store which opened in Austin, TX. The article includes both quotes by Cristin and Derrick, as well as students of UT Austin, one of whom praised Cristin “for her purely brilliant and vulnerable writing” (!). To read the full article, click here.

January 23, 2013 — – Cristin Interviewed on KUT’s Arts Eclectic

Cristin joins THE GREATNESS creator Derrick Brown and coach Phil West on Austin’s KUT radio where they shine a spotlight on this new monthly series happening on the last Thursday of the month at the ND. Cristin will be competing against her pal, poet Mindy Netifee, during the show’s debut outing. To hear more about THE GREATNESS, click here to hear its segment on KUT’s Arts Eclectic. To learn more about it, click here.

January 4, 2013 — – Cristin Interviewed on the Some Weird Sin blog

“Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is about as well-established a poet as you can get without having died first” is how emerging lit mag Some Weird Sin begins their interview with Cristin, in which they ask her questions like “What do you feel has been the key to your success not just as a writer, but also as a person?” and “If you could force your worst enemy to listen to one album and only one album for the rest of eternity, which album would it be and why?” To read Cristin’s response, as well as the full interview, please click here.

August 17, 2012 — – Cristin Spotlighted in the New England National Public Radio

Cristin’s poetry & thoughts on poetry are featured in Jeremy Goodwin’s coverage of the Word X Word Festival on New England National Public Radio. To listen to the piece and/or read the article, please click here.

August 15, 2012 — – Cristin Interviewed in the Berkshire Eagle

In her Berkshire Eagle‘s article on the Word X Word Festival, writer Kate Abbott interviewed both Cristin & Write Bloody Publishing president Derrick Brown about the impact poetry in their lives, and the festival that hopes to introduce their poetry to the local Berkshire community. To read the full article click here.

April 9, 2012 — – Cristin Interviewed in Monkeybicycle

The indie lit journal Monkeybicyle interviewed Cristin about her second collection of poetry, Hot Teen Slut, on its popular blog. Indie lit’s own (and Mud Luscious founder) J.A. Tyler asked the questions, which covered topics like love vs. porn, poetry vs. fiction and life after smut-writing. He also wrote of the book that “porn has never been so poetically charged, never rendered with such humor and careful control, making Hot Teen Slut not only a fantastic book but a unique one in every sense of the word.” To read the full interview, please click here.

April 7, 2012 — – Cristin Interviewed in Stated Magazine

Professor, author & poetic raconteur Daniel Nester makes his debut as contributing editor of Stated Magazine with an interview with Cristin. The interview focuses on Cristin’s recently re-issued early work (“We would have to go to the world of records, where recording artist reissues and boxed sets are more common, with demos, alternate takes, non-album B-sides. I know I’m fetishizing these books as objects, but I’m a collector of sorts. That’s what I do.”), but spirals delightfully out of control with topics such as being an double agent in both performance & academics, why slammers love Billy Collins and how the concept of “Meet Internet Only Friends with Awkward Hugs” bridges the words of stage and page. To read the full article, click here.

March 30, 2012 — – Working Class Represent Reviewed in The Lit Pub

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.

January 2, 2012 — – Hot Teen Slut and Working Class Represent Reviewed in Specter Magazine

In their January 2012 issue, Specter Magazine published a joint review of Cristin’s second and third books of poetry, Hot Teen Slut and Working Class Represent (both Write Bloody Publishing, 2011). Reviewer Nidya Sarria writes that in the books, Cristin’s “observations ring with honesty, and I can’t help but think about female empowerment and humor and honesty and where this all ties together… She’s entertaining and frank and never once do I sense true hesitation on her part – if that’s not something to admire in a female writer, I don’t know what is.” To read the full review, please click here.

October 12, 2011 — – Dear Future Boyfriend, Hot Teen Slut, Working Class Represent and Oh, Terrible Youth Reviewed in PANK Magazine

Cristin first four books of poetry — “Dear Future Boyfriend,” “Hot Teen Slut,” “Working Class Represent” and “Oh, Terrible Youth” — (recently reissued by Write Bloody Publishing) snagged a fantastic review on the PANK magazine blog. Review Alicia Kennedy wrote that Cristin “wins you over by being conversational and funny, earnest and accessible. She can turn a phrase that knocks you out, but for the most part it’s like you’re hanging out with someone especially articulate.” Of Dear Future Boyfriend, she wrote, “is filled with love poems, alternately heartsick desperate and self-aware desperate.” Of Hot Teen Slut, she wrote “covers the adjustment to a full-time job, how weird it is when that job is looking at porn when you’re a virgin, and being a feminist who looks at porn all day. It’s quite a bit of material to work with, and Aptowicz molds it into something much more cohesive than Boyfriend.” Of Oh, Terrible Youth, she wrote, “painfully recognizable adolescent moments, told with her characteristic humor.” And of Working Class Represent, she wrote, “is the strongest. Unlike Slut, it’s not focused on one job but is about the general struggle to make it through the days and convince yourself everything’s okay when you have no safety net to fall on.” To read the full review, please click here.

October 7, 2011 — – Working Class Represent Reviewed in Small Press Reviews

Cristin’s recently reissued third book of poetry, Working Class Represent (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011), recently received a wonderful review by Marc Schuster on the online lit blog Small Press Reviews. Schuster wrote, “From tragedies both global and personal, Aptowicz expertly milks equal amounts of pathos, humor, and self-awareness. What’s more, there’s a story in this collection, a subtle narrative about priorities, about anxiety, about the myriad performances we put on throughout the day. And, ultimately, about finding one’s place in the world.” To read the full review, please click here.

October 3, 2011 — – Dear Future Boyfriend, Hot Teen Slut, Working Class Represent and Oh, Terrible Youth Reviewed in decomP magazinE

Cristin first four books of poetry — “Dear Future Boyfriend,” “Hot Teen Slut,” “Working Class Represent” and “Oh, Terrible Youth” — (recently reissued by Write Bloody Publishing) enjoyed a glowing omni-bus review in the October 2011 issue of decomP magazinE. Review Spencer Dew wrote generously of each book. Of Dear Future Boyfriend, he wrote “Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz makes hard seem too easy, like life itself just squeezes out of the toothpaste tube in the shape of a poem, like poems fall out, ready-made, from between the pages of old National Geographics the way maps used to and maybe still do.” Of Hot Teen Slut, he wrote “That this collection of pieces around work in pornography can be so heartwarming, not just funny and not just smart, is itself a victory; poetry wins in this book, and readers will find themselves cheering it on.” Of Oh, Terrible Youth, he wrote, “the narrator of these poems reinvents her world, over and over. The reliving of childhood pleasure is, of course, a new experience, categorically different from the original living with all its stress and unknowing.” And of Working Class Represent, he wrote, that the book is “chock full of tiny, tangy confections, and while you might read a review, like this one and think, ‘Really? A poem about writing a poem on the subway?’ you sure don’t know the recipe, or you would write books like this for yourself, because they are that good.” To read the full review, please click here.

September 16, 2011 — – Cristin’s book, Dear Future Boyfriend, Reviewed in Small Press Reviews

Cristin’s recently reissued debut book of poetry, Dear Future Boyfriend (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011), recently snagged a sweet write up by Marc Schuster on the online lit blog Small Press Reviews. Schuster wrote, “Anyone who’s ever been young and in love will find something to enjoy in Dear Future Boyfriend. What’s more, fans of Cristin O’Keefe Apotwicz will enjoy bearing witness to the initial stirrings of wit and sharp observation that mark her later work. Overall, a fun and at times moving read…” To read the full review, please click here.

August 1, 2011 — – Cristin’s book, Hot Teen Slut, Reviewed in The Legendary

Cristin’s recently reissued second book of poetry, Hot Teen Slut (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011), recently snagged a glowing review in the latest issue of the online lit journal, The Legendary. Reviewer Elizabeth McClellan wrote, “How do I love this book? Let me count the ways. My first read was hurried, gulping, excited—the way falling in love with a poetry collection usually is. My read for this review was more slow, thoughtful, sensual. My love affair with this book is going quite nicely. I should have listened to my friends when they told me this book was right for me, giggling when I said “sass,” telling me to hurry up and just read it…” To read the full review, please click here.

July 23, 2011 — – Cristin’s Work Spotlighted in Radius

The Performance Poetry / Slam Poetry focused lit journal, Radius, has a reoccurring column where they ask poets to spotlight a (older) poet who inspired them and a (younger) poet whom they find inspiring. Cristin is thrilled to have her work spotlighted by Providence Slammaster, Megan Thoma, who writes, “Everything I love about Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’s work is what I love about Cristin herself. Her poetry is earnest, funny, rooted in her experiences, and aching to make a connection with you on the most honest and genuine level. Cristin is a champion for poets, slam poets, women, the working class, and underdogs everywhere. Most important, Cristin is a champion for joy…” To read the full column, which include a new poem by Cristin, please click here.

June 3, 2011 — – Cristin’s Hot Teen Slut Reviewed in Small Press Reviews

Cristin’s book Hot Teen Slut received a wonder review from Marc Schuster at Small Press Reviews. In it, he calls Hot Teen Slut “a great collection of poetry — a memoir in verse chronicling poet Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’s brief career in the adult entertainment industry” which is “insightful, frequently funny, always intelligent.” To read the full review, click here.

May 15, 2011 — – Cristin’s Hot Teen Slut Reviewed in Used Furniture Review

Cristin’s book Hot Teen Slut received an incredible review at the lit journal Used Furniture Review. In his lengthy (1,000+ word) review, reviewer Chris Vola wrote that, “Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’s second collection of poems, Hot Teen Slut, offers an honest and prescient glimpse of a side of the adult industry rarely seen or considered, the desk jobs behind the smut and the motley and surprising souls that fill them. It’s a young woman’s struggle to create the art that sustains her spirit and to stay true to her personal philosophy while working in a field that contradicts all of it. And, most importantly, it’s some of the funniest (read: raunchiest) poetry I’ve read since Letters to Wendy’s.” To read the full review, click here.

April 27, 2011 — – Cristin Interviews on the NEA Podcast

Cristin is deeply honored to be the subject of the April 27, 2011 edition of Art Works National Endowment of the Arts podcast. Art Works describes Cristin as “something of a legend in NYC’s slam poetry scene. She is lively, thoughtful, and approachable looking to engage the audience with her work and deeply committed to the community that art in general and slam poetry in particular can create.” To listen to the full podcast (or read the transcription), click here.

April 15, 2011 — – Cristin’s Chicago Tour Receives Local Press

Cristin’s tour through Chicago received some advanced press & recommendations in local publications Time Out Chicago (where her Quimbys show was listed as a Critic’s Pick) and Chicago Now, which includes an audio link to one of Cristin’s poems.

April 13, 2011 — – Oh, Terrible Youth reviewed by What To Wear During An Orange Alert

Cristin is grateful for the sweet review that the (recently re-issued edition of) Oh, Terrible Youth (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011) received in the Chicago-based lit blog, What To Wear During An Orange Alert. Reviewer (and fellow 80s kid) Jason Behrends writes, “Cristin conveys a full story by weaving together poems that will touch both the heart and the funny bone of any outsider. Whether it is through the hand-me-downs, the poor planned Halloween costumes, the awkward encounters with boys, or the feeling you just don’t belong in your own family; there is something to relate to in this collection.” To read the full review, click here.

April 2, 2011 — – Oh, Terrible Youth reviewed by Small Press Reviews

Cristin was humbled by the generous review that the (recently re-issued edition of) Oh, Terrible Youth (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011) received in Small Press Reviews. Reviewer (and fellow Philadelphia native) Marc Schuster writes, “While the poems in Oh, Terrible Youth are largely about childhood, they’re also poems that only an adult could write. Throughout the collection, Aptowicz manages to strike a balance between the raw uncertainty of adolescence and the (relative) self-assurance of maturity. We laugh with her as she recalls the kinds of things that kept us all up at night as we muddled through our teenage years, yet we also smile with compassion for the children we were — trying to make sense of the universe, trying to make sense of ourselves, trying to convince everyone that we did, in fact, have it all together when, at the end of the day, we knew for sure that we didn’t.” To read the full review, click here.

January 17, 2011 — – Cristin’s TEDxPhilly talk spotlighted in Andrew Sullivan’s blog in The Atlantic
Cristin was surprised to be see an excerpt of the TEDxPhilly talk she gave November 2010 spotlighted in popular political blogger, Andew Sullivan’s blog this morning. The excerpt chosen included an extended quote from Thomas Dent Mutter (the subject of Cristin’s forthcoming non-fiction book) which remains powerful and relevant some 154 years after he spoke it. To the blog including the quote, click here.

January 14, 2011 — – Cristin Written Up in Worcester News Telegram
In his article about Cristin in the Worcester News Telegram, writer Richard Duckett wrote, “[Cristin]’s certainly famous in slam poetry circles, having co-founded the NYC-Urbana Reading Series, whose teams have captured the National Championship title three times. To some people, the more traditional National Endowment of the Arts might seem like a different sort of world. Not necessarily to Aptowicz. She was recently awarded a 2011 NEA Fellowship in Poetry. The award did come as something as a surprise to the 32-year-old Philadelphia native. ‘It was a real shock. It was a huge shock,’ she said. Still, Aptowicz said she has felt that ‘people from, shall we say, nontraditional poetry, we’re guilty of holding ourselves back from these opportunities.’” To read more of this article, please click here.

January 10, 2011 — – Cristin’s TEDxTalk Showcased in Poetry Foundation Blog
Cristin is honored and thrilled that Harriet the Poetry Foundation blog is showcasing her TEDxPhilly talk given November 2010. The entry begins, “Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz talks at TEDxPhilly about “how you can turn nerdy obsessions into things that can transform your life,” but not without working for it. Aptowicz spent eight years working in a cubicle (the same cubicle) and writing, publishing, and touring on the side before making the decision that she was going to live the life of the writer she thought of herself as.” To read more, click here.

December 9, 2010 — Cristin’s Poem Published in the New York Times Learning Blog
Cristin’s poem “At The Office Holiday Party” was included in the New York Times Learning Blog for their weekly “Poetry Pairing” series, in which they “collaborate with the Poetry Foundation to feature a work from its American Life in Poetry project alongside content from The Times that somehow echoes, extends or challenges the poem’s themes.” To read the poem and the piece selected to be published alongside the poem, click here.

December 6, 2010 — Cristin Spotlighted in AlbanyTimes Union
Cristin’s selection for the “American Life in Poetry,” as well as her other recent accomplishments, is spotlighted in the Albany Times Union by writer (and friend) Daniel Nester. To read the write-up — including links to Cristin’s poetry and other interviews — please click here.

December 1, 2010 — Cristin’s Interviewed in Used Furniture Review
Cristin is interviewed by Used Furniture Review editor David Cotrone. In the recently interview, Cristin is asked questions about her writing process, the origins of the “Crack Squirrels” and her favorite authors, among other questions. To read the full interview, click here.

November 19, 2010 — Cristin’s talk at the November 18, 2010 TEDxPhilly garnered some mentions in write-ups of the event. Click the links to read the write-ups: Technically Philly and Geekadelphia.

October 15, 2010 — In her review Everything is Everything, Muzzle editor Stevie Edwards writes, “[R]eaders may know Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz best for her contributions to the slam poetry community, particularly for founding and hosting the esteemed NYC-Urbana poetry slam. In addition to her abounding performance poetry credentials, Aptowicz also has an impressive publishing record. She has published five collections of poetry and numerous poems in literary journals, including Rattle, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Pank, decomP, and (of course) the inaugural issue of Muzzle. Her most recently published collection of poetry, Everything is Everything, oscillates between moments that make me want to laugh until it hurts, buy a more reliable deadbolt, and give someone pretty and wonderful a big, fat kiss.” To read the entire review, please click here.

October 06, 2010 — In her article in the SUNY Freedonia newspaper, The Leader, “A Night of Loud Poetry,” SUNY Freedonia student Jessica Yu did a wonderful job of reporting on Cristin’s campus visit, which included a craft talk and a performance, handily balancing the audience reaction, the history of the poetry slam, Cristin’s personal history and future goals, and odd quotes from Cristin here (including one paraphrasing of Goethe!). To read the article, please click here.

October 01, 2010 — Cristin is thrilled to have her poem, “Op-Ed For the Sad Sack Review, Regarding News of Another Rash of Writer Suicides,” be included in the most recent e-issue of Rattle celebrating the forthcoming winter issue. To read e-issue, please click here. The paper issue will be out in December.

April 1, 2010 — Cristin’s poem “On Why I Still Slam” was one of the poems highlighted in a review of the Winter 2009 issue of the fantastic literary journal, Umbrella. To read the review, click here.

March 23, 2010 — In honor and remembrance of Neil Postman, the Editors of the literary journal Rattle award a Neil Postman Award for Metaphor to a poem which has appeared in the journal to “reward a given writer for his or her use of metaphor.” Cristin was thrilled to hear that her poem, “At the Office Holiday Party,” was the runner-up for this year’s award. To read the winning poem & Cristin’s poem, please check out the latest Rattle e-issue here.

February 20, 2010: In their review Everything is Everything, The Legendary Editors John Hancock and Katie Moore writes, “Cristin O’Keefe Aptowitcz’s new poetry collection, Everything is Everything, from Write Bloody Publishing, offers an insight few collections of verse accomplish; combining carefully crafted allegory, nerd-pop observationalism, and the footnotes you could only hope to find scribbled on the pages of a dusty library history text. To read the entire review, please check here.

February 15, 2010: In their review of the Winter 2009 issue of Rattle, The New Pages spotlighted Cristin’s work, noting, “It’s hard not to be curious about nearly two-hundred pages of poems that begin, as this issue does, with Cristin O’ Keefe Aptowicz’s oh-so-American-current-preoccupation: I can now confirm that I am not just fatter / than everyone I work with, but I’m also fatter / than all their spouses. Even the heavily bearded / bear in accounting has a little otter-like boyfriend. Many of this issue’s poems are much like this one by Aptowicz, sarcastic, edgy, and conversational, sometimes surprisingly self-revelatory and/or critical.” To read the entire review, please check it out here.

February 4, 2010: In his review Everything is Everything, decomP Editor Jason Jordan writes, “Aptowicz always finds something interesting to say. And that’s why her poetry is so endearing. Often quirky, funny, and downright bizarre, Everything is Everything addresses numerous topics via confessional free verse… If you’re looking for a read that enchants in spite of its occasional flaws, buy Everything is Everything. On the whole, your time and money will be well spent.” To read the entire review, please check here.

January 17, 2010: In his review of Everything is Everything in Small Press Reviews, Marc Schuster calls Cristin “a master of juxtaposition” and spotlights several of his favorite poems in the book, including “L’Chaim” where he write that a parallel found in the poem “demands further examination, as it implies that we are all, in some way, dying as we appear to celebrate, committing small suicides as we force ourselves to go through the received motions of daily life. Is there anything more than preserving the culture of our ancestors, the poem all but demands?” To read the full review, please click here.

January 14, 2010: What To Wear During an Orange Alert editor Jason Behrends asks Cristin questions about day jobs, poetry slams, Write Bloody and whether there will be an illustrated poetray books in her future, and Cristin responds by talking about giraffe rape, road trips, medical oddities and her obsession with President James Buchanan and his “wife,” Senator William Rufus King. To read the full interview, please click here.