Part of our goal in creating Activate, our new chapbook, was to share the sometimes-underrepresented stories of fellow writers and activists. We were moved by Christine Stoddard’s “Thirty Pounds in Three Months,” which details one character’s physical reaction to the 2016 election. We look forward to performing her work at Activists Unite, our January 17 show at San Jose’s Cafe Stritch.
Stoddard is a former Annmarie Sculpture Garden artist-in-residence and an M.F.A. DIAP candidate at the City College of New York (CUNY). Her work has appeared in special programs at the New York Transit Museum, the Queens Museum, the Poe Museum, and beyond. She is the author of Water for the Cactus Woman (Spuyten Duyvil Publishing) and the founder of Quail Bell Magazine. Born in Virginia to a Salvadoran mother and American father, Stoddard lives in Brooklyn.
Her publications, honors and awards include:
- Folio Magazine’s top 20 media visionaries in their 20s for founding Quail Bell Magazine.
- Laberinto Projects Summer 2017 Visiting Artist, Coatepeque, El Salvador
- 2012 Puffin Foundation National Emerging Artist Grant
Her upcoming projects include:
- Three chapbooks, Mi Abuela, Queen of Nightmares, Jaguar in the Cotton Field and Ova:
On February 2, her film & video show “Lady Pandora” will be at the FiveMyles Gallery in Brooklyn.
What inspired you to participate in Play On Words?
I’ve really been eager to have my work performed again. This seemed like the place!
Which writers or performers inspire you?
bell hooks, David Sedaris, Ada Limón, Joan Didion
Name a book or performance that fundamentally affected you.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Want to hear Christine’s work read aloud? Join us January 17 at Cafe Stritch!