Cristin in conversation with B.A. Van Sise at Book People (Oct 14, 2019)
From the BookPeople website: “With this fascinating synthesis of word and image, internationally renowned photographer B.A. Van Sise offers a visually stimulating anthology that will enchant lovers of both poetry and photography. At times whimsical, surreal, challenging, enigmatic, joyful and sobering, these portraits— running adjacent to poems by each of their subjects—highlight some of the most influential poets of our time and celebrate creativity as only these poets in collaboration with Van Sise could convey. Children of Grass is also a timely homage to Walt Whitman—of whom Van Sise is a relative—and his masterpiece, “Leaves of Grass,” during this, the 200th anniversary of his birth. Children of Grass, will, like the work of its literary grandfather, stand as a lasting tribute to the vitality and creativity that flourishes in our country. Join him in conversation with local poet, and subject of one of the portraits in the book, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz.” For more information, please click here.
Cristin on Two Panels at Austin’s Texas Book Festival
Cristin is thrilled to be an invited author for her third Texas Book Festival! Cristin will be participating in two panels and signings, both on Sunday Oct 28. At 11:30am, Cristin will be a part of the EVERLASTING LIFE: WRITING THROUGH GRIEF panel with The Baltimore Book of the Dead author Marion Winik. And then at 2:30pm, Cristin will be a part of the POETRY OUT LOUD: PERFORMING VERSE panel with fellow poets Daniel Garcia Ordaz and Jasminne Mendez. Book signings at the Book People tent will follow each panel. For more information on these panels, as well as all the other wonderful Texas Book Festival events, click here.
HOW TO LOVE THE EMPTY AIR reviewed in BUST MAGAZINE
“Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’s stunning book of poetry, HOW TO LOVE THE EMPTY AIR, explores great loss at the height of great success and how we cope not only with the unexpected absence of a life, but also with the endured memories of death,” begins the rave review by writer Amber Tamblyn in the August 2018 issue of Bust Magazine. “Aptowicz writes about losing her mother very suddenly while her personal and writing lives are flourishing—an experience that left her at once devastated and illuminated, reeling from shock and relinquishing herself to the tenderness of new love. These heart-cracking poems humble and haunt the reader, reminding us that with every fall life hands us, a rise awaits us on the other side.” To read the full review, please click here.
HOW TO LOVE THE EMPTY AIR East Coast Events announced!
Cristin is thrilled to be doing HOW TO LOVE THE EMPTY AIR events in three of her favorite East Coast cities with three of her favorite poets! Check it out, and come on out:
APRIL 2: STRAND BOOKSTORE (NYC) with SARAH KAY
Cristin is thrilled to be returning to one of her favorite bookstores on the planet, The Strand in New York City. Cristin will be debuting new poets from her book HOW TO LOVE THE EMPTY EMPTY and will be sharing the stage with old friend & brilliant poet Sarah Kay who will be reading poems from her various collections, including the just released ALL OUR WILD WONDER. For more information, please visit The Strand website here.
APRIL 3: PHILAMOCA (Philadelphia) with SARAH KAY, ANIS MOJGANI & DERRICK BROWN
A Write Bloody LIVE Event where Cristin will be sharing the stage with Sarah Kay (All Our Wild Wonder), Anis Mojgani (In the Pockets of Small Gods) and Derrick Brown (Hello. It Doesn’t Matter). See these wonders perform, and then stick around to snag copies of their brand new book. For more information, visit the PhilaMoca website here.
APRIL 4: UNION STAGE (Washington DC) with SARAH KAY, ANIS MOJGANI & DERRICK BROWN
A Write Bloody LIVE Event where Cristin will be sharing the stage with Sarah Kay (All Our Wild Wonder), Anis Mojgani (In the Pockets of Small Gods) and Derrick Brown (Hello. It Doesn’t Matter). See these wonders perform, and then stick around to snag copies of their brand new book. For more information, visit the Union Stage website here.
Cristin Announced LA launch week for HOW TO LOVE THE EMPTY AIR (March 20 – 24)
Cristin’s seventh collection of poetry, How to Love the Empty Air, is being released March 20th, and Cristin will be celebrating with a week of book events with her friend, publisher & fellow poet Derrick C. Brown (whose latest collection, Hello. It Doesn’t Matter., will be released on March 20th too!
Book Release Celebration @ Chevalier’s Books in Los Angeles, CA
March 20 @ 7:30 pm
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz and Derrick C. Brown will be reading from their brand new books of poetry for the first time! Come snag a copy of their books on the day they come out! With special guests Jessica Abughattas and Write Bloody’s Jackson Burgess! Free show!
For more information, please visit the website here: https://www.chevaliersbooks.com/calendar
LIVE @ Gatsby Books in Long Beach, CA
March 21 @ 8:00 pm
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz and Derrick C. Brown reading from their brand new books of poetry! With special guest, poet Micah Bournes! Free show!
For more information, please visit the website here: http://gatsbybooks.com/artists/#/gentlemen-boss-poetry-tour-weds-march-21-7pm/
LIVE @ Stories Books & Café in Los Angeles, CA
March 22 @ 8:00 pm
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz and Derrick C. Brown will be reading from their brand new books of poetry. With special guests, poets Bethany Toews and Tonya Ingram! Free show!
For more information, please visit the website here: https://storiesla.com/blogs/events
LIVE at 1888 Center in Orange, CA
March 23 @ 7:00 pm
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz and Derrick C. Brown will not only be reading from their brand new books of poetry and discussing the inspiration behind their works, but this event will be recorded for the 1888 Center’s podcast “Writers Block Live!” which will be available at 1888 Center’s website 2-3 weeks following the event. Free show!
For more information, please visit the website here: http://1888.center/events/writers-block-live-cristin-okeefe-aptowicz-and-derrick-c-brown/
HELLO. IT DOESN’T MATTER. BOOK RELEASE SHOW @ Hatchery Press in Los Angeles, CA
March 24 @ 8:00 pm
Cristin is thrilled to be performing at Derrick C. Brown’s official release extravaganza for his new book of poetry Hello. It Doesn’t Matter. This event will feature Derrick, as well Jacqueline Suskin, and sharer of a great name: poet Derek D. Brown. Musical guests Cardioid and Jimmy Von Eps will also perform. This event includes a complimentary beer tasting / home brewer’s competition, featuring five home brewers competing for the title of Brewmaster. Also, there will probably be a dance party. Just because.
For more information (& TO BUY TICKETS! Just $5!), please visit the website here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3348922
How to Love the Empty Air to be released on March 20th
Cristin is thrilled to announce the release date of her seventh collection of poetry, How to Love the Empty Air: March 20, 2018th! Cristin will launch the book in LA with her pal & publisher, Derrick Brown! Tour dates will be forthcoming and will events in New York, Austin, Philadelphia, DC, Portland, Seattle, and Chicago, among other cities! Stay tuned for more details, but in the meantime, please feel free to preorder a signed & personalized copy of How to Love the Empty Air at Cristin’s local independent bookstore, Austin’s amazing Bookpeople
Cristin to Give Mutter Talks at University of Kansas School of Medicine (Oct 24 – 25)
Cristin is thrilled to making her Kansas debut this October. On October 24th, she’ll be the keynote speaker at the 50th Anniversary Dinner of the Jager Club, a club formed to honor Dr. Thor Jager’s legacy and “to provide a focus for discussions focused on medical history.” The event is open to all Wichita doctors; for more information, click here. The next day, on Oct 25th, Cristin will be giving a talk on the life & times of Dr Thomas Dent Mutter to the student body of the University of Wichita School of Medicine. The details are still being finalized, so please click here for the latest updates.
Cristin to Serenbe for an Incredible Evening of Poetry (Oct 17)
Cristin is thrilled to be returning to Serenbe for what promises to be an incredible evening of poetry! From the Serenbe website: “We are bringing to Georgia eight of the nation’s top artists who are using speaking as performance. On October 17th, following free daytime performances at South Fulton Libraries, join us for an evening ticketed performance at Cherry Hollow Farm in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. The standing-room-only show will feature a full showcase of all eight performers in the performance hall at the stunning South Fulton venue, Cherry Hollow Farm. Tickets are extremely limited for and will go fast for this special night. Come early to take a peek at the farm. Cash bar will be available. FEATURED ARTISTS: Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz / Bright Son / Derrick Brown / Ray Christian / Shira Erlichman / Eve Ewing / Anis Mojgani / Dame Wilburn /// TICKETS ARE $25 GENERAL ADMISSION | $20 STUDENTS/SENIORS / GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!/ DOORS AT 7:15PM” For more information, please visit the Serenbe website by clicking here.
Cristin to Perform in LA on July 20th
Cristin is thrilled to be joining old friends Buddy Wakefield and Derrick Brown, along with emerging poets Yesika Salgado and Edwin Bodney in an evening of poetry & performance at LA’s Art Share performance space (801 East 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013). The show starts 7pm and the door is just $5. Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended! For more information, and to snag tickets, please click here.
Cristin joins 200 Poets in THE HARVARD REVIEW’s ‘Renga for Obama’
Cristin is honored to have been invited by Major Jackson, editor of The Harvard Review to add a verse to their long form, multi-poet “Renga for Obama.” Cristin was thrilled to be paired with the legendary Patricia Smith, and their collaborative verse was added to the poem on March 11th. To see Cristin’s verse, as well as the full poem, click here.← Older posts