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| | Sass Machine - Cristin Aptowicz SASS MACHINE by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
Recorded live in Texas and New York City, NYC Urbana Slammaster Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz sasses up the stage with ranting hysterical pieces from both her books. PLUS a bonus track by Austin Slam Legend Ernie Cline that was inspired by Cristin's poems about working in the porn industry. This CD is the answer to the question: "Poetry + Comedy + Venom = What?"
| | DEAR FUTURE BOYFRIEND DEAR FUTURE BOYFRIEND (this is what I sound like) - Poetry by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
A collection of the best known works of Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, co-founder and host of the NYC's Urbana Reading Series (run out of the Bowery Poetry Club). Includes "Lit," "Science," "Ode to the Person Who Stole My Family's Lawn Gnome" and the Pushcart Prize-nominated "Hard Bargain," among many others. 36p. Perfect bound. Re-released in 2002 by The Wordsmith Press.
HOT TEEN SLUT HOT TEEN SLUT: my poetic adventures in porn - by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
In her second collection of poems, NYC Urbana Slammaster and boot-stooping sass machine Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz gives the hilarious lowdown about her ongoing experience working in the porn industry. And you thought being a poet was a dirty business...
| | NYC Urbana Spoken Word Underground
Live performances from the stage of 2000 Championship Venue, NYC Urbana at CBGBs. 27 poets in total, including all members from both championship teams and selected spotlight poets. Includes works from Jeff McDaniel, Taylor Mali, John S. Hall, Beau Sia, Derrick Brown, Shappy, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, Evert Eden, Jack McCarthy, Noel Jones, Alexis O'Hara, the 2000 NYC Urbana Group Piece and more.
| | Best of NYC-Urbana 2002 Best of NYC-Urbana 2002 Live at the Bowery Poetry Club! Another pristine recording from the three-time national championship venue! Includes poems from NYC-Urbana features like Galway Kinnell, Jeff McDaniel, Taylor Mali, Alexis O'Hara, and John S. Hall. Also includes Celena Glenn's 2002 Urbana team piece that people are still singing to themselves.
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
Home Venue: www.bowerypoetry.com/urbana
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is is a boot-stomping wit-slinging sass machine, living and writing in New York City. Founder and host of the three-time National Poetry Slam Championship Venue, NYC Urbana (run out of the brand spanking new house of poetry, the Bowery Poetry Club), Cristin holds the title of youngest slammaster in the nation, a title she has held for the last five years ever since she founded Urbana at the tender age of 19. Cristin currently has written three books of poetry as well as three screenplays, including "Mutter," which ran the Grand Prize at this year's Philadelphia Film Festival. Widely anthologized and an experienced touring poet, Cristin's latest project is an oral history of the slam movement (co-edited by fellow slam vet Phil West) which will be Soft Skull Press in 2004.
1998 NYC-URBANA (Team Member)
1999 PROVIDENCE (Slammaster/Coach)
2000 NYC-URBANA (Slammaster/Coach)
2001 NYC-URBANA (Team Member)
2002 NYC-URBANA (Slammaster/Coach)
PSI Member Since: 1998
Other Organizations: National Scrabble Players' Association
-Chamber Dance (2003) - as the 2003 guest artist for this innovative new ballet company, Cristin worked in collaboration with Victor Quijada, internationally renowned choreographer and dancer, on two ballets choreographed to her poetry. She will be performing both works with the company through out the spring.
-HBO's Def Poetry Jam (2002) - taped for this nationally broadcast poetry show.
-Sondheim Slam (2002) - slammed at both incarnations of this unique event held at NYC's Joe's Pub.
-Words to Comfort (2001) - performed at this WTC benefit with Mike Ladd, Lou Reed, Alix Olson and Clare Danes, among others.
-Shaptowicz Tour (2001) - toured West Coast with fellow spoken word artist Shappy.
-Melbourne, Australia (2001) -performed in association with Gasworks Arts Complex, the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Spoken Word Community.
-University of California, Davis (2001) - competed in this intra-national grudge slam.
-SXSW (2001) - performed at this nationally-renown music conference/festival.
-Toyota Comedy Festival (2001) - performed in the Word Wrestling Federation poetry competition as the only female competitor.
-Flea Theatre (1999) -- performed as the opening poet for their modernized kabuki play.
-National Poetry Slam (1998 - 2001) - placed as a finalist in 2001 and a semifinalist in 1998.
-Urbana Reading Series (1998- present)
-founded, host and perform at this eclectic poetry series.
Has also performed for the following types of audiences:
NPS Finals Stage
Elementary School Students
Middle School Students
High School Students
Recurring Themes in Your Work:
Poems are the way I record my journey through life as a young, smart, funny, working class, female, ass-kicking writer. Therefore, my poetry covers all the territory I cover in my day-to-day life, from bad day jobs to nerdy boyfriends, from wickedly brilliant mothers to recently pilfered lawn gnomes, and from totally working class pride to the ultimate triumph of love over everything else, and every subject in between. Who knows what I'll write about tomorrow..
Describe your most profound slam-related experience:
I think by far the most profound slam-related experience I have had is the opportunity for me to meet with young women who have read or heard my work. Speaking with these young woman made fully me realize the impact I can have as an artist. To hear that I have inspired young woman to look at themselves with a sense of pride (despite the prevailing paradigms), to inspire them recognize their own power, to make them be honest with themselves about how truly brilliant they are and not never let anything hold them back, makes every bleary-eyed, late night, don't-want-to-write-cuz-I-just-worked-a-10-hour-shift poem totally worth it.