Poet, historian & New York Times best selling author Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz will give a lively and animated talk on the birth, growing pains and enduring importance of the American Poetry Slam movement. Cristin will use archival footage of poetry slams illustrate poetry slam's impact, and to engage with the Serenbe community. She will conclude her talk with a brief performance of her award-winning poetry.
7pm : Talk and performance in the Oak Room at The Inn at Serenbe
4-6pm : 2-for-1 drinks at the newly-renovated Farmhouse Bar
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Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz founded the NYC-Urbana Poetry Slam series at the age of 19, and it would earn three National Poetry Slam championships, among other awards, in its 17 year history. Aptowicz is one of only a handful of "slam poets" to be awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and the first poet with a slam background to be awarded by an artsEDGE writer-in-residency given by the University of Pennsylvania and the Amy Clampitt Residency. She is the author of six books of poetry, including the Texas Poetry Book of the Year award winning The Year of No Mistakes. Her first book of nonfiction, Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam which U.S. Poet Laureate 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 second book of nonfiction, Dr Mutter's Marvels, was published in hardcover last year, and spent three months of the New York Times Best Seller list. For more information, please visit Cristin's website at: www.aptowicz.com