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Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

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Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is the author of six books of poetry (including DEAR FUTURE BOYFRIEND, HOT TEEN SLUT, WORKING CLASS REPRESENT, OH, TERRIBLE YOUTH and EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING), as well as the nonfiction book, WORDS IN YOUR FACE: A GUIDED TOUR THROUGH TWENTY YEARS OF THE NEW YORK CITY POETRY SLAM, which Billy Collins wrote “leaves no doubt that the slam poetry scene has achieved legitimacy and taken its rightful place on the map of contemporary literature.” On the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) podcast Art Works, host Josephine Reed introduced Cristin as being “something of a legend in NYC’s slam poetry scene. She is lively, thoughtful, and approachable looking to engage the audience with her work and deeply committed to the community that art (in general) and slam poetry (in particular) can create.” Cristin’s most 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).

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

Books by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz - Biography, History, Medicine, Nonfiction

Aptowicz chronicles the life of Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter, a Philadelphia plastic surgery who revolutinionzed the face of American surgery and founded a museum of medical oddities.  An eccentric innovator, Mütter was pionnered the use of ether as anesthesia, the sterilization of surgical tools, and a compassion-based vision for helping the severely deformed.  DR. MUTTER'S MARVELS offers both a biography of this unconventional doctor as well as a revealing portrait of nineteenth-century medicine.