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.