Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

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Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is a New York Times best selling nonfiction writing and poet. She is also the author of seven books of poetry -- HOW TO LOVE THE EMPTY AIR (2018), THE YEAR OF NO MISTAKES (2013), EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING (2010), OH TERRIBLE YOUTH (2007), WORKING CLASS REPRESENT (2004), HOT TEEN SLUT (2001) and DEAR FUTURE BOYFRIEND (2000), which are currently available on Write Bloody Publishing -- as well as two books of nonfiction. U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins wrote that her first nonfiction book, WORDS IN YOUR FACE: TWENTY YEARS OF THE NEW YORK CITY POETRY SLAM (Soft Skull Press, 2007), "leaves no doubt that the slam poetry scene has achieved legitimacy and taken its rightful place on the map of contemporary literature." Her second book of nonfiction, DR MUTTER'S MARVELS: A TRUE TALE OF INTRIGUE AND INNOVATION AT THE DAWN OF MODERN MEDICINE (Avery Books, 2014) spent three months on the New York Times best seller list, and made several "Best of the Year" lists, including Amazon, NPR's Science Friday, The Onion's AV Club, the Guardian, and more. Her recent awards include the ArtsEdge Writer-In-Residency at the University of Pennsylvania (2010-2011), a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (2011) and the Amy Clampitt Residency (2013). When not on tour, she lives in Austin, TX, with her husband, the novelist / screenwriter Ernest Cline and their family. For more information -- including tour dates, videos of performances and links to her work -- please visit her website at
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