While reviewing submissions for our chapbook, Activate, we were struck by the poem “Thirty Pounds in Three Months” by Christine Stoddard. We have been on the lookout for work that reflects the anxiety and challenges of today’s political environment, and Stoddard’s piece sheds light on a reality that many people living in the United States face. We were lucky enough to have the amazing Ivette Deltoro read this live at our Activists Unite show on January 17:
You can hear Ivette reflecting on this performance in our latest episode of the Play On Words POWer Half Hour. We also recommend joining her this weekend at San Jose’s City Lights Theatre for “boom,” a play by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. This show represents the hard work of the inaugural Mini Lights Emerging Artists program, which offers experience to up-and-coming theatre professionals.
And because this wouldn’t be a POW blog post without a call for submissions, we want to remind all our faithful fans and friends to submit original fiction, nonfiction, poetry and theatre to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 10 to be considered for our next show.
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:
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!