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Posted by Christine On March 3, 2019
Posted by Christine On January 28, 2019
Prose and Poetry
February 16th 7:30 PM
Published Writers + Open Mic*
Emcee: Christine Kalafus
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Posted by Christine On October 26, 2018
i’m honored that my poem Horses is a pushcart prize nominee and featured in the fall 2018 TNG Volume VII.
My prose poem “Horses,” featured in the issue, was selected the 2017 winner of their Knightville Poetry contest and now available for purchase HERE. I am in very talented company: the Machigonne Fiction Contest winner is Maureen Connolly with Featured Authors, Grace Carpenter and Eamon Murphy. Judges were Mark Doty (poetry) and Chris Abani (fiction). The letters section theme is “Letters to Aliens.” Contributors include Claudia Manley, Jessica Lipnack, Lyndsie Manusos, Naomi Ulsted and more.
The cover artist is Abraham Danso.
Posted by Christine On August 14, 2018
I’m honored that an excerpt from my memoir
Blueprint for Daylight
has been published in:
Posted by Christine On May 28, 2018
WHOA. And after the readings, there’s something called Mistress Velvetina’s Variety HOUR.
I’ll probably be over-dressed for that.
Posted by Christine On March 6, 2018
Ekphrasis: from the Greek: a description of a work of art produced as a rhetorical exercise.
I would love to say, “Sure, ekphrasis. I use that word all the time.” Except that I don’t. I have a master’s degree in creative writing and I’d never heard or read the word before.
Which is a little sad considering I have been known to fall asleep with the Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms over my eyes.
So it was with relief when I looked up the definition (after I’d already said yes to the reading event) and discovered I had ekphrasis-ed before. I just didn’t know it. When I was a young art major undergrad writing compare and contrast critical papers on pieces of artwork, I’d been ekphraisis-ing all over the place!
And now (too many years later to count), thanks to the wonderful invitation from Jotham Burrello, captain of the publishing ship Elephant Rock Books , director of the Yale Writing Workshop, and host of the ROAR Reading Series, I get to ekphrasis my little heart out. In public! And to a work by Edward Hopper! (I have a personal and very one-sided relationship with Hopper’s Rooms By the Sea.) Spoiler: I didn’t pick that painting.
April just can’t come soon enough.
If you’re looking for me before then, I’ll be in the corner with the literary dictionary.
Posted by Christine On November 22, 2017
“Horses” wins the knightville poetry contest.
The contest judge was New York Times best-selling memoirist and National Book Award-winning poet, Mark Doty.
About Christine’s experimental prose poem, Mark Doty writes:
“The poem is artfully understated; the speaker lays out a series of moments and invites the reader to draw connections between them. The form the poet has chosen feels just right, since this poem eschews the dramatic spotlight of the line, with its power to emphasize, in favor of the quieter, steady movement of prose. “Horses” is quietly devastating in its portrayal of an isolated speaker whose memories only serve to make her body seem more vulnerable and less reliable. But is there something comforting in the steady work of horses wearing a track into the grass? The speaker tells us she is not “horsey”, but the horses here serve as emblems of physicality, of the body as something both dangerous and durable. This multivalent quality makes the figure of the horse seem especially alive, and points movingly toward a speaker uncertain of the fate of her own body, a speaker subtly portrayed as desolate but not without hope.”
The New Guard will publish “Horses” in its summer/fall 2018 issue.
is a contest-centered, independent literary review, publishing 35+ emerging writers each year:
“We proudly publish in print, with the exception of our online feature, BANG!, a page on this site that publishes three short works by a single writer for a full month at a time. The New Guard is here to showcase newcomers alongside established writers, and to juxtapose tradition with experiment to create a new dialogue.”
is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently Deep Lane
(W.W. Norton, 2015), a book of descents: into the earth beneath the garden, into the dark substrata of a life. But these poems seek repair, finally, through the possibilities that sustain the speaker above ground: art and ardor, animals and gardens, the pleasure of seeing, the world tuned by the word. Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems was published in 2008 and won the National Book Award for that year—in their citation, the National Book Award judges wrote, “Elegant, plain-spoken, and unflinching, Mark Doty’s poems in Fire to Fire gently invite us to share their ferocious compassion. With their praise for the world and their fierce accusation, their defiance and applause, they combine grief and glory in a music of crazy excelsis.” Doty is the first American poet to have won Great Britain’s T. S. Eliot Prize, for My Alexandria (1993), which also received both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other collections of poetry include: Turtle, Swan (1987); Atlantis (1995); Sweet Machine (1998); Source (2001); and the critically acclaimed volume, School of the Arts (HarperCollins, 2005).
Posted by Christine On September 25, 2017
christine’s experimental poem, “Horses,” selected as a finalist in the 2017 knightville poetry contest
The contest judge is New York Times best-selling memoirist and National Book Award-winning poet, Mark Doty.
While the Winners, including Finalists and Semi-Finalists won’t be announced until the end of October, Christine is honored that her poem will appear in The New Guard Volume VII, in 2018.
Posted by Christine On June 21, 2017
Storytelling. poetry. Fiction. Non-fiction. wine(!) don’t miss it.
I am delighted to be appearing locally at The Complex for Performing Arts in Putnam, Connecticut on July 13th.
I am even more delighted that three of my writing workshop students: Barbara Schneider, Joe Miragliuolo, and Claudia McGhee will also be appearing.
Join us for an entertaining evening of storytelling, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Oh, and there’s wine, AND a chance for you to get on stage.
Tickets are $5 and available in advance HERE.
Posted by Christine On May 23, 2017
looking foward to appearing IN NYC at the bowery poetry on june 11th!