Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
|Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz|
Aptowicz at the 2014 Texas Book Festival.
November 26, 1978 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Literary movement||Narrative Nonfiction Slam Poetry|
|Notable works||Dr Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine|
|Notable awards||National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature (2011)|
|Spouse||Ernest Cline (m. 2016)|
A native of Philadelphia, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz graduated from Central High School of Philadelphia in 1996 and received a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University in 2000. Her brother, Kevin Aptowicz, is a professor of Physics at West Chester University. In 2016, she married novelist/screenwriter Ernest Cline, whom she met at the 1998 National Poetry Slam.
Aptowicz was introduced to the New York City Poetry Slam community by NYU classmate, Beau Sia. In November 1998, at age 19, she founded the NYC-Urbana Poetry Slam series. NYC-Urbana was the formal continuation of a poetry slam series started by Bob Holman and as of 2008, has earned three National Poetry Slam Championships: 1997 (as Team Mouth Almighty), 2000 and 2002. Aptowicz was a member of the 1998, 2001, 2003 and 2010 NYC-Urbana Poetry Slam teams. Well-known poets who have been on NYC-Urbana Poetry Slam teams including Taylor Mali, Beau Sia, Anis Mojgani and Sarah Kay, among others. Aptowicz was also the 2010 Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWps) representative for NYC-Urbana.
Aptowicz is the author of six books of poetry, including the recently released The Year of No Mistakes (Write Bloody Publishing, 2013), which most recently won the Writers' League of Texas Book of the Year Award for Poetry 2013–2014  Aptowicz's previous book of poetry was Everything is Everything, which Write Bloody Publishing released in January 2010. In 2011, Write Bloody Publishing also re-released Aptowicz's first four books – Dear Future Boyfriend (2000), Hot Teen Slut (2001), Working Class Represent (2003) and Oh, Terrible Youth (2007) – which had originally been published by the Ann Arbor basement press, The Wordsmith Press.
Aptowicz appeared in the concert film Taylor Mali & Friends Live at the Bowery Poetry Club and in the documentary Slam Planet (2006). In 2003, she served the overseas mentor for Mouth Off!, a youth poetry show commissioned by the Sydney Opera House. She frequently tours with poets Buddy Wakefield, Derrick Brown and Anis Mojgani on their "poetry revival tours," joining them on their 2008 Junkyard Ghost Revival tour, 2009 Elephant Engine High Dive Revival tour and 2010 Night Kite Revival tour.
In November 2010, it was announced that Aptowicz had been awarded a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry. She is one of only handful of "slam poets" who have won NEA grants. As of 2011, the other poets are Hal Sirowitz (who was on the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Poetry Slam team in 1993, and won an NEA Fellowship in Poetry in 1994); Jeffrey McDaniel (who was on numerous DC and California slam teams in the mid to late 1990s, and won a NEA Fellowship in Poetry in 2003); and Adrienne Su (who was on the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Poetry Slam team in 1991, and won a NEA Fellowship in Poetry in 2007).
In February 2012, it was announced that Aptowicz had been awarded the 2013 Amy Clampitt Residency. The residency takes place in the former residence of poet Amy Clampitt and provides "an established or emerging poet or literary scholar with the rare gift of extended time and a reasonable stipend so that he or she may substantially further his or her creative work." Aptowicz is the first poet from a poetry slam background to be awarded this residency.
Aptowicz has published non-fiction essays, articles and excerpts in such publications as The Atlantic, Smithsonian magazine, io9, Live Science, Bust magazine, About.com's Poetry Channel and the spoken word anthology Word Warriors, among others
In 2008, Soft Skull Press published Aptowicz's first book of nonfiction, Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam. U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins wrote that the book "leaves no doubt that the slam poetry scene has achieved legitimacy and taken its rightful place on the map of contemporary literature" and the Washington Post named it one of five Notable Books on Exploring Poetry in 2008. Aptowicz spent 4 years writing the book, which "explores the birth, growing pains and continuing development of the Poetry Slam." The book features interviews with Saul Williams, Maggie Estep, Bob Holman and Slamnation director Paul Devlin, among others.
Aptowicz also penned the non-fiction screenplay, Mütter, a screenplay based on the life of Mütter Museum founder Thomas Dent Mütter. The screenplay would go on to win the 2003 "Set In Philadelphia" Screenwriting Award at the Philadelphia Film Festival and a Sloan Foundation Fellowship at the 2004 Hampton International Film Festival. In 2005, she was invited to attend the 2005 Sloan Film Summit in support of the screenplay, and was commissioned to write an article about her experiences at the Summit by New York City's Museum of the Moving Image. As of 2008, the screenplay remains unproduced, although a short based on the feature-length script was created as a part of the Philadelphia Film Festival prize package.
In 2010, Aptowicz was named the 2010–2011 University of Pennsylvania ArtsEdge Writer-in-Residence. She will be using the residency to work on "a non-fiction book about the life and times of Thomas Dent Mutter." The Mütter Museum has granted Aptowicz full access to their museum, library and archives for the duration of the residency so that she may conduct her research for the book, and the Mütter Museum's Francis C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine has additionally awarded Aptowicz with a Wood Institute Travel Grant to help further fund and support her work on this project.
In April 2013, it was announced that Aptowicz's biography of Mütter would be published in Fall 2014 by the Gotham Books division of Penguin. The title of the book, Dr. Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine was announced in March 2014. On September 4, 2014, Dr. Mütter's Marvels was released to critical acclaim, including starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews. The hardcover debuted at #7 on the New York Times Bestseller List for Books about Health, and remained on the list for three months.
- Dr. Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine (Gotham Books, 2014; ISBN 978-1592408702)
- The Year of No Mistakes (Write Bloody Publishing, 2013; ISBN 978-1938912344)
- Everything is Everything (Write Bloody Publishing, 2010; ISBN 0-9842515-1-0)
- Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam (Soft Skull Press, 2008; ISBN 1-887012-17-6)
- Oh Terrible Youth (2007) (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011; ISBN 1-935904-66-3)
- Working Class Represent (2004) (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011; ISBN 1-935904-72-8)
- Hot Teen Slut (2001) (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011; ISBN 1-935904-68-X)
- Dear Future Boyfriend (2000) (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011; ISBN 1-935904-70-1)
- Winner: Writers' League of Texas Book of the Year Award for Poetry 2013–2014 
- Winner: Writer-in-Residence: Amy Clampitt House (2013)
- NEA Fellowship: National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship for Poetry (2011)
- Winner: Writer-in-Residence University of Pennsylvania (2010–2011)
- Winner: Poet in Residence: Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana (2009)
- Winner: Nadine B. Andreas Public Scholar in Speech Communication, Minnesota State University, Mankato (2008).
- Winner: Hampton International Film Festival's Sloan Fellowship for Screenwriting (2004)
- Semi-Finalist: Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting for Mütter (2004)
- Winner: Grand Prize, Philadelphia Film Festival for Mütter (2003).
- Winner: Myers Foundation Grant (2001 and 2003)
- Two-Time Winner: National Poetry Slam: Slammaster's Slam (2000, 2001).
- Three-time Winner: NYU/Barnes and Noble Monologue Contest (1999–2000)
- "The New York Times Best Sellers". Retrieved September 9, 2017.
- West Chester University: Kevin Aptowicz page Archived July 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- "VOWS: "Cristin Aptowicz, Ernest Cline"". The New York Times. June 19, 2016.
- Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe. (2008). Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam. CHAPTER 19: "And Two Become Three; Mouth Almighty Becomes NYC-Urbana and Nuyo's Championship Team Becomes louderARTS" Page 177. Soft Skull Press. ISBN 1-933368-82-9.
- Spindle Magazine "Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz: Slamming History" by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez Archived November 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe. (2008). Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam. "New York Poetry Slam Teams from 1990 to 2007" Page 367-368. Soft Skull Press ISBN 1-933368-82-9.
- "PSI website: WOWps 2010 Participants List". Retrieved September 9, 2017.
- Asian American Poetry. "Amazon Listing for ''The Year of No Mistakes''". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2017-09-09.
- "Writers' League of Texas Book of the Year Awards Finalists and Winners 2013–2014". Writersleague.org. Retrieved 2017-09-09.
- "I Like Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz A Lot: Part 1 – HTMLGIANT". htmlgiant.com. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
- "Slam Planet (2006)". Retrieved September 9, 2017.
- "Deep End – 22 October, 2003 – Mouth Off". www.abc.net.au. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
- "Junkyard – Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Myspace. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
- "Elephant Engine Revival (2009elephant_revival_tour) on Myspace". Myspace. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
- "HugeDomains.com – ThePoetryRevival.com is for sale (The Poetry Revival)". www.thepoetryrevival.com. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
- 2011 Poetry. "Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz | NEA". Arts.gov. Retrieved 2017-09-09.
- Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe. (2008). Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam. New York City: Soft Skull Press. "Chapter 14: First and Always; Graduates from the NYC Poetry Slam's First Wave" Page 122. ISBN 1-933368-82-9.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 19, 2009. Retrieved November 19, 2009. | National Endowment of the Arts List of Literature Fellows: 1967 – 2007
- "Adrienne Su – NEA". www.arts.gov. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 7, 2011. Retrieved February 23, 2012. Amy Clampitt Website: Original Press Press Announcing Residency
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 18, 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2009. Amy Clampitt Website: List of Poets Who Have Been Awarded the Amy Clampitt Residency
- Aptowicz website: Non-Fiction page Archived July 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Soft Skull website: Words In Your Face page Archived April 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Words In Your Face back cover[permanent dead link]
- "Poetry Collections". April 20, 2008. Retrieved September 9, 2017 – via washingtonpost.com.
- Greater Philadelphia Film Office: SIP Screenwriting Award Archived June 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Sloan Foundation". scienceandfilm.org. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
- The Sloan Film Summit by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz. Museum of the Moving Image website. Archived August 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Mütter Short website Archived September 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- "University of Pennsylvania ArtsEdge Residencies". writing.upenn.edu. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
- "Books Deals: Week of April 15, 2013". Retrieved September 9, 2017.
- "Nonfiction Book Review: Dr. Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz. Gotham, $27.50 (384p) ISBN 978-1-592-40870-2". Retrieved September 9, 2017.
- "Dr. Mütter's Marvels, Barnosky on Extinction, Dealing with Dementia, & More – Science & Technology Reviews". Retrieved September 9, 2017.
- "Dr. Mütter's Marvels — @AngeReads and @droogmark Adult Books 4 Teens". blogs.slj.com. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
- "DR. MTTER'S MARVELS by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz – Kirkus Reviews". Retrieved September 9, 2017.
- "(For books published in 2013)". Writersleague.org. Retrieved 2017-09-09.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 29, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
- Culver Academies Timeline 2009[permanent dead link]
- "MSU Forensic Program 2008–2009 Year End Report". Docs.google.com. Retrieved 2017-09-09.
- Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz's official website
- Five-Part Interview with Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz by Roxane Gay, published in HTML Giant
- Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz's poem "Your Wife" in Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts (25.1).
- Audio of "Lit," "To Whom It May Concern," "All I'd Leave Behind," "On Reading Unrequited Love Poems," and "Mother" (among others) on Indiefeed Performance Poetry Channel; Includes nine-part podcast series on Words In Your Face