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.
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.