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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing; Second edition (May 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935904701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935904700
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is a dizzying dervish of a poet, an astounding talent, a deft lyricist whose patented take on this dopey world is dazzling in its originality. Everything she encounters is fair game, and she jolts us into unexpected, delightful recognition." -- Patricia Smith, Blood Dazzle

"Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is a flash flood of uppercut quotes. Reading her work tempts me to lean over to the people next to me, and say, "Hey, you gotta see this.” Do not miss the opportunity to absorb this woman's work, page or stage." -- Buddy Wakefield, Live for a Living

About the Author

NYC-based Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is the founder and host of the three-time National Poetry Slam Championship venue, NYC-Urbana. Cristin has published five books of poetry and Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam - a Washington Post Notable Book on Exploring Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendencies and Rattle. This touring poet-diva has performed the Sydney Opera House in Australia and The Drums Inside Your Chest in LA and is currently the 2010-2011 ArtsEdge Writer-In-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.

More About the Author

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is author of the forthcoming nonfiction book, DR MUTTER'S MARVELS: A TRUE STORY OF INTRIGUE AND INNOVATION AT THE DAWN OF MODERN MEDICINE, which will be released by Penguin's Gotham Books in Fall 2014. A exhibition based on the book will open at Philadelphia's Mütter Museum the same day.

She is also the author of six books of poetry -- 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 second book of nonfiction: WORDS IN YOUR FACE: 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"

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). She lives in Austin, TX, with her two eccentric rescue dachshunds, Max & Alvy.

For more information -- including tour dates, videos of performances and links to her work -- please visit her website at www.aptowicz.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Claudia L. Tonsul on February 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book several years ago and I have yet to put it down. I still turn to it for some inspiration or a papery shoulder to cry on. The poems contained herein are not only relevant but honestly and beautifully written. Very easy to read and immensely entertaining. I laughed, I cried, and learned to respect lawn ornaments. :D I loved it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Saul-Zerby on June 12, 2013
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I picked this book up while substitute teaching in an inner-city high school. I was looking for poetry that kids who knew maybe nothing about poetry (especially contemporary poetry) could relate to and appreciate. Flipping through "Dear Future Boyfriend" in a Barnes and Noble, I thought it might just work. But I had no idea the first 15 year old girl I showed it to would read it cover to cover, entranced, and ask for more.

This is by no means just a book for young adults, but I think that story speaks to how accessible Aptowicz makes poetry. Her intelligence and honesty, combined with the brevity of many of her poems in this collection, turn her from author into confidante. You feel while reading that she is the best friend you always so needed in high school or college, the one who really understood what you were feeling and could articulate it in a way that made you feel less alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sara on May 29, 2013
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Aptowicz kept popping up on my recommended list, so I was looking forward to reading this and getting hooked and continuing to buy the rest of her collection... that won't be happening. There are a couple of gems in here and a handful of well-put together lines that stand out, but overall the work comes off as bland and immature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Duane K Jensen on April 5, 2012
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Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is a poet I had not read before. I chose her because I trusted the works published by Write Bloody Book and I prefer women poets. I picked two of her books 'Everything is Every Thing' and 'Dear Future Boyfriend.' Each book blew me away. She has a gift of seeing things and then translating them into poetic form with a humorous, yet biting tongue that makes each poem captivating. I read these two book on back to back days, cover to cover. I have since went on to purchase her three other poetry titles and I am waiting for them to arrive. I read a ton of poetry and no one has excited me like this in years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey P. Seasholtz on July 7, 2011
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This book contains all of the early work of Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz back when she was a starving, spit-fire, college student looking to make a splash in the NYC slam scene just as some of the greatest slammers were entering that arena. These classic poems have been covered on YouTube and performed as part of Forensics poetry programs for nearly a decade now. The book includes such chestnuts as "Lit", "Mother" and "Science". A great place to start enjoying Aptowicz's work since it's where she actually started!
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