Cristina Baptista

Poet

332 Connecticut Avenue
Newington, CT 06111
Phone: 
860-550-4648

Author's Bio

Cristina J. Baptista is a first-generation Portuguese-American poet and author of The Drowning Book (Finishing Line Press 2017). Her work has appeared in Structo Magazine, The Cortland Review, CURA, and elsewhere. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Fordham University and teaches American Literature at a private school in Connecticut. In 2014-15, Cristina created a collection of poetry about her experience as a 38th Voyager—one of 85 people in the world selected to travel on the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan, an 1841 wooden whaleship that is the last remaining one in the world. She served as a documenter of the Portuguese immigrant experience aboard whaleships during this Voyage, hosted through Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea, and has presented on the experience.

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
A Bird Black as the Sun (Green Poet Press, 2011)
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Dan River Anthology (Dan River Press, 2003)
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MOTA 3: Courage Anthology (Triple Tree Publishing, 2003)
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Stories of the Wild (Murie Center, 2001)
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WPFW 89.5 Poetry Anthology: The Poet and the Poem (WPFW, 2000)
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Poetry & Prose: An Anthology of writers of Jefferson & Berkeley Counties (Four Seasons Books, 1998)
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Odd Angles of Heaven: Contemporary Poetry by People of Faith (Harold Shaw Publishing, 1994)
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Poetry from the Amicus Journal (Tioga Publishing Company, 1990)
Books:
The Drowning Book (Finishing Line Press, 2017)
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Science And (FutureCycle Press, 2014)
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Habitat: Stories of Bent Realism (Del Sol Press, 2013)
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The Lost Ones (Del Sol Press, 2012)
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Narthex and other stories by H.D. (Book Thug, 2011)
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Cosmographia - a post-Lucretian faux micro-epic (Book Thug, 2010)
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22 Skidoo / SubTractions (Book Thug, 2009)
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Bridge of Sand (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009)
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Mall-hopping with the Great I AM, poems (Somondoco Press, 2006)
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Okie Chronicles (David Robert Books, 2005)
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Soul Cavalcade (Coral Press, 2005)
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The Novice Mourner (Bear Star Press, 2005)
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Stereopticon (David Robert Books, 2004)
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To day --- Minutes only (Goats & Compasses Press, 2004)
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Cutting Time (Coral Press, 2003)
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Dislocations in Crystal (Coach House, 2003)
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Life Inside: A Memoir (Washington Square Press, 2003)
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Embalming Mom (University of Iowa Press, 2002)
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Saunter (University of Georgia Press, 2002)
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Autobiography of So-and-So (New Issues Press, 2001)
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Greatest Hits: 1981-2000 (Pudding House Publications, 2001)
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Pink Cadillac (Coral Press, 2001)
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Finding It (Mille Grazie Press, 2000)
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Playing in Traffic (Founder's Hill Press, 2000)
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The Sting Rays (Electron Press, 2000)
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Guilty as Charged (Cross-Cultural Communications, 1999)
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Learning By Heart (University of Iowa Press, 1999)
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Between Ourselves (Backwoods Broadsides, 1997)
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The Best of Cream City Rev (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Press, 1997)
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Zen Yentas in Bondage (Cross-Cultural Communications, 1997)
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New Poems of the River Spirits (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996)
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A Calendar of Worship & Other Poems (Plane Bucket Press, 1995)
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Iterations of the Diagonal (Shuffaloff Books, 1995)
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Embracing the Fall (Plain View Press, 1994)
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Postmortem (University of Georgia Press, 1994)
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Cutting Stone (Houghton Mifflin, 1992)
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Shepherdstown Historic Firsts (Four Seasons Books, 1992)
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College Handbook of Creative Writing (Harcourt Brace, 1991)
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These Are My Shoes (Boz, 1991)
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The Dream Givers (Lake Shore Publishing, 1990)
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Noah's Daughter (University of Western Florida, 1988)
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The Panhandler (University of Western Florida, 1988)
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The Way to Heron Mountain, Poems (Night Tree Press, Rome, NY, 1986)
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The Game (Scribner, 1973)
Journals:
ABZ #1
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Agenda
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Ally
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Antietam Review
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Art/Life Limited Editions
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Askew Poetry
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Atlanta Review
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Atlantic Monthly
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Colorado Quarterly
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Fiction Network
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Georgetown Review
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Half Tones to Jubilee
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House Organ
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McCall's
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Media & Methods
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Mississippi Review
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Mississippi Valley Review
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Mother Jones
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Nebraska Review
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Negative Capability
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Noah's Daughter
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Omni
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Parnassus
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Potomac Review
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Provincetown Arts
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Quarry West
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Reconfigurations
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Rivendell
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San Francisco Bay Guardian
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Snake Nation Review
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Solo
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The Armchair Aesthete
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The Bridge
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The Dos Passos Review
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The Griffin
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The New Yorker
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The Other Side
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Timber Creek Review
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Ultramar Literatura
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Woman Poet
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Writer's Almanac
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Yankee Magazine
Performances:
Beyond Baroque (2011)
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Cobalt Cafe (2011)
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SoapBox Poets (2011)
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Writer's Row (2011)
Prizes won: 

Academy of American Poets Prize, 2012, Fordham University

Finalist: Luso-American Foundation Scholarship, Disquiet International Literary Program, 2017

 

Semi-Finalist: Disquiet International Literary Program, 2016—for Poetry & Finalist for Luso-American Foundation Scholarship.

 

Semi-Finalist: Paradise of the Fake Soldiers (poetry collection), 2015, Ashland Poetry Press’ Snyder Prize

 

Semi-Finalist/Honorable Mention: “The Packers” (poem), 2015, New Millennium Writings Contest

 

Semi-Finalist: Lonesome for Her Heroes (poetry collection), 2015, The Word Works’ Washington Prize

 

Semi-Finalist: Paradise of the Fake Soldiers (poetry collection), 2015, The Word Works’ Washington Prize

 

Semi-Finalist: West of Rooster Port (poetry collection), 2015 Black Lawrence Press St. Lawrence Book Award

 

Semi-Finalist: Disquiet International Literary Program, 2015—for Poetry

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Portuguese American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Hartford, CT
Connecticut
Raised in: 
Newington, CT
Connecticut
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Last update: Jul 29, 2019