CHRISTINA LILIAN TURCZYN, PH.D.
Award-winning writer, veteran educator, grants consultant, and impeccable researcher who combines creative flair and critical thinking with attention to detail. Problem-solver and strategic thinker who thrives in a challenging, growth-oriented environment and brings seasoned judgment to management decisions. Exceptional communicator and consensus builder among diverse individuals and groups. Track record of institutional grant awards, leadership at national conferences; Fulbright Scholar.
PhD English (Creative Writing Concentration) Binghamton University
Dissertation: The Bright Colors of Hunger
Dissertation Director: Ruth Stone
M.A. English (Modern Studies Concentration—Center for Twentieth Century Studies)
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
B.A English, Cornell University (Distinction in All Subjects)
MBA Courses completed at Fairleigh Dickinson University:
Organizational Behavior; Executive Leadership and Communication; Marketing Concepts; (3.9 Average)
Summer Institute for the Gifted at Vassar College. Poughkeepsie, N.Y. July, 2015. Taught gifted middle-school students in a course titled “Immortal Fiction.”
Inlingua. Ridgewood, N.J. July 2014-Sep 2014. Corporate training for KPMG Japan executives in English courses.
Fairleigh Dickinson University. Teaneck, NJ. Oct 2013-July 2014. Metro Writing Studio Tutor. Tutored multidisciplinary students in all areas of writing at the M.A. and Doctoral levels. Taught English for Professional Success (5109) in the Program in Language, Culture, and Professional Advancement. Course fulfills a free elective requirement for graduate students in the Silberman College of Business.
Bergen County Community College, Paramus, NJ
Writing Center Tutor. Sept 2012-Dec 2012. (Grant-funded position)
Tutored students in writing, as well as in humanities coursework: Title V program.
State University of NY at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing: Aug 2007-Dec 2007
Taught Creative Writing I (ENG 345); Craft of Nonfiction (ENG 454); Craft of Fiction (ENG 452); The Short Story (ENG 308). Advised undergraduates concerning their final theses.
SUNY Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Lecturer: Aug 2004- May 2007 (Three-year appointment; non-renewable for all lecturers)
Taught English Composition I, II, Basic Patterns of Writing (ENG 092); Contemporary U.S. Literature (ENG 263); Romanticism to Modernism (ENG 202); The Short Story (ENG 216); The Contemporary Novel (ENG 206); reviewed and chose textbooks and other instructional material used in the classroom; incorporated computer laboratories; advised non-traditional and diverse student populations; actively participated in service committees. Service on committees included the Composition I, Composition II, and Scholarship Committees. Additional involvement with the campus community encompassed National Poetry Month readings and book partnership in an English-departmentally supported literacy project. Grants awarded: Improvement of Instruction Grant; Dutchess Community College Mini-Grant (Involved bringing a Manhattan theatre group to campus, as well as preparing the budget and coordinating all aspects of project management). Additional training: SUNY—Training Center’s Grant Writing Techniques Workshop (Syracuse, 2005); Academic Advising. Contributed to campus publications.
Passaic County Community College, Paterson, NJ
Assistant Professor:(Full-time, one-year faculty replacement) Aug 2002- May 2003
Taught English Composition I, II, Basic English, Developmental English, and Developmental Reading; advocated for students with disabilities. Served on the Distinguished Visiting Lecturers Committee; participated in campus readings and contributed to publications.
William Paterson University Wayne, NJ
Assistant Professor: (Three-quarter; half-time) Aug 1997- May 2001
Taught advanced Creative Writing (ENG 332); Creative Writing (ENG 331); Critical Writing (ENG 330); Methods of Literary Analysis (ENG 200); Introduction to Literature (ENG 102); Writing Effective Prose (ENG 110); designed courses assigned; worked as a Master Tutor in the Writing Center and trained incoming tutors; actively participated in service committees; offered workshops on poetic voice at the annual International Writing and Literature Spring Conference, and contributed to campus publications.
Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
Adjunct Professor: Aug 1995-May 1996
Taught Basic Composition (ENG 100); Writing of Nonfiction Prose (ENG 200); First-year Composition (ENG 105); reviewed and chose textbooks and other instructional material used in the classroom; participated in campus readings.
Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
Instructor: Aug 1992- May 1995
Taught fundamentals of Creative Writing; Women in Modernism (ENG 101). Served as a Writing Center Tutor; participated in, as well as organized, campus readings; employed as a Graduate Assistant for The Short Story. Contributed to campus publications.
Academy of American Poets (Honorable Mention/Poetry)
Binghamton University: 1993
Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award (First Prize) 1999; Listed in the NY Times; Honorable Mention, 1997
Associated Writing Programs: Intro Award in Poetry, 1994
Awarded full scholarship to Harvard University for graduate studies in German Literature, 1985
Cornell University Scholarship: 1977-1981
Conference on College Composition and Communication: 2006 Outstanding Teacher Award Winner
Dutchess Community College Improvement of Instruction Grant, 2006
Dutchess Community College Mini-Grant for the Yara Arts Group of La MaMa, 2005
Educational Opportunity Program of Dutchess Community College. “Above and Beyond” Certificate of Appreciation for Exceptional Service to EOP students, 2005; 2007
Fulbright Scholar (Modern German Drama) University of Freiburg, Germany, 1982-83
Finalist in Cutthroat Literary Magazine’s Joy Harjo National Poetry Competition, 2007
Geraldine R. Dodge Fellow: Artist/Teacher Institute, 2002;
“Poet Among Us” at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, 2002
Global Commitment Foundation Poetry Award. For the performance piece, “A Place without Statues,” rendered at the Re-Imagine Ourselves Arts Festival, 2012.
Renee Ashley Poetry Prize, Skylands Writers Association (Second Place) 1999
Salem College Center for Women Writers: Rita Dove National Poetry Awards,
Honorable Mention, 2004
Uihlein Graduate Fellowship, University of Wisconsin (Center for Twentieth Century Studies)
Vermont Studio Center Writers’ Grant, 2003
“A Practical Poetics.” The Paterson Literary Review 26(1997): 40. Print.
“Accident.” Apiary Blog. 19 Sep. 2007. Web.
“Again.” Voices International. 26.4(1991):20. Print.
“At Home.” Chronogram. Jan. 2009: 48. Print.
“Dream’s Long River.” Art Times. 17 Mar. 2017. Web.
“Ellenville, NY.” Puerto Del Sol 30.1 (1995): 141. Print.
“Fractals of Rain.” Lifeblood: Woodstock Poetry Society Anthology. Ed. Trina Porte.
Woodstock: Woodstock Poetry Society, 2011. 28-29. Print.
“Freshman Composition.” The Paterson Literary Review 32(2003): 82. Print.
“I Walked.” Celebrating William Carlos Williams and the Poetry of Place: North Jersey in Poetry. Ed. Maria Mazziotti Gillan. Paterson: Passaic County Community College, 2008. 75-76. Print.
“Kites over Havana.” Apiary Blog. 19 Jan. 2014. Web.
“Matryoshka”and “For Those Who Do Not Read Poems.” The Paterson Literary Review
28(1999): 60-61. Print.
“Past the Half-Life of Grief.” Lifeblood: Woodstock Poetry Society Anthology. Ed. Trina Porte.Woodstock: Woodstock Poetry Society, 2011. 30. Print.
“Philosophy.” Chronogram. Jun 2009: 50. Print.
“Seamstress.” The Chronogram. Jul 2007: 56. Print.
“Slow Truths Ripening.” Princeton Arts Review 2.1(Fall 1997): 75. Print.
“Snow Angels.” Newsmagazine of the Fulbright Commission. Winter 2002: 59. Print.
“Song of the Cranes.” “My City,” “Let Me Be You,” Exposed (Literary Magazine of Dutchess Community College). (Spring 2005):1. Print.
“Tattoos.” Chronogram. Oct. 2009: 56. Print.
“The Violence of Things Unnoticed.” Chronogram. Nov. 2010: 50. Print.
“There Should Be.” Chronogram. 21.4(2013): 77. Print.
“This Poem I Can’t Write.” Concourse (SUNY—Binghamton) 9(1992): 12-13.77. Print.
“Untitled” and “Ulster Heights, NY.” Riverine: an Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers.
Ed. Laurence Carr. New Paltz: Codhill Press, 2007: 181, 282. Print.
“Winter Morning: Montclair.” Chronogram. Aug. 2010: 50. Print.
“Witness.” Chronogram Jul. 2012: 80. Print.
“Writing at the Center.” Associated Writing Programs Pedagogy Papers (1997): 110. Print.
“You Tell Me,” “Ask Yourself,” and “What Words?” Gulfstreaming (publication of Florida International University). Eds. John Dufresne and Cindy Chinelly. Spring (2003): 3. Print.
“Your Silence,” “Lost Language,” and “Munich.” Newsmagazine of the German-American Fulbright Commission. Winter 1983: 27. Print.
Review of Paterson, Art Times. Web. 6 April 2017.
Review of “Matisse and American Art at the Montclair Art Museum.” Art Times. Web. 24 Feb. 2017.
Art Review: Do It— Montclair, 2016: Arts Education and Community. Art Times. Web. 15 Jan. 2017.
“Walkway Over the Hudson: A Dialogic Work of Art,” Art Times. Web. 22 Dec.2016.
“Arthur Maynard: Artist and Mentor.” American Art Review. 27(1): 70-111. Feb. 2015. Print.
“In My Dream.” (Autobiographical). Laura Cheney Art Blog. Web. 13 Sept. 2012. Blogspot.com
“Salt” (An autobiographical essay). Really: A Journal of Creative Nonfiction at Dutchess
Community College. Ed. Carol Kushner. Poughkeepsie: Dutchess Community
College, 2006. 9-11. Print.
“Train.” The Paterson Literary Review 26(1992): 163-165. Print.
“Music, Imagery, and Performance in First-Year Writing.” Multiple Intelligences, Howard Gardner, and New Methods of College Teaching. Ed. Clyde Coreil. Jersey City: Publications of NJ City University, 2003. 13-18. Print.
Review of The City in Which I Love You. Li-Young Lee. The Cream City Review 15.2(Fall 1991): 187. Print.
“Writing at the Center.” Associated Writing Programs Pedagogy Papers (1997): 110. Print.
“What I Saw.” Reading Objects 2008. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art/State University of New York at New Paltz. New Paltz, NY: 2008. Print.
Reviews and Mention of Creative Work
Denny, Scott and Ben Hodges. “Architecture,” by Christina Turczyn. Dir. Virlana Tkacz. Theatre World. 66(2009-2010):334. Print.
Froliak, Maria. “Re-Imagine Art Festival at the Ukrainian Institute of America.” Rev. of festival as a collective work. New York Arts: The International Guide to the Art World. 21 Feb 2013. Print.
Grennan, Eamon. “Judge’s Introduction.” Rev. of Vanguard Voices of the Hudson Valley poetry submissions by Christina Turczyn. ” Ed. Nan Alderson. New Paltz: Mohonk Mountain Stage Company, Inc., 19 (2007):76. Print.
Petrovich Cheney, Laura. “Three Must-See New Jersey Exhibits.” Rev. of “Artpride NJ Facebook Friends Gallery”, including work by Christina Turczyn. Web.12 Aug 2012. lauracheneyartblog.blogspot.com
Review of “GOGOL/HOHOL : Contemporary Artists, Writers, and Performers React to the Master.” Slavic and East European Performance. New York: Institute for Contemporary East European Drama and Theater. 20.1(2000). Print.
Fulbright Association Conference. Led roundtable titled “In All the Sign Languages of the World.” CNN Center. Atlanta, GA, 2016.
Thirty-Sixth Annual Fulbright Conference. Poster fair presentation titled “Artists in Education: Agents of Inclusion and Change.” Christina L. Turczyn and Laura Petrovich-Cheney. Washington, DC, 2014.
Thirty-Fifth Annual Fulbright Conference. Presentation proposal accepted. London, U.K., 2012.
Thirty-Fourth Annual Fulbright Association Conference in Washington, DC. Attended this conference, and participated in roundtable as well as Arts Task Force discussions, 2011.
William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding Award Ceremony,
Honoring Desmond M. Tutu. Department of State. Attended in Washington, DC, 2008.
National Council of Teachers of English Convention. Presentation titled
“Approaches to Teaching Literature through the Use of the Portfolio—Poetry as the Space of Multiple Identities” accepted for conference. NY, NY, 2007.
“Poetry as Identity.” Presented a paper at the Communication and College Composition Conference. Chicago, IL, 2006.
“The United Nations at 60: Renewing the Roosevelt’s Vision.” Attended this conference. Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center, FDR Presidential Library and Home. Hyde Park, NY, 2005.
“Music, Imagery, and Performance in First-Year Writing.” Fifth Urban Mission Conference: Pedagogical Innovations in Higher Education. New Jersey City University. Jersey City, NJ, 2001.
“International Writing and Literature.” William Paterson University Spring Conference.Offered a poetry workshop on the development of voice. Wayne, NJ, 2000.
“Race and Gender Workshop.” Attended a William Paterson University faculty development seminar on issues of racism and sexism for individuals who wished to teach a course in this area. Wayne, NJ, 2000.
“Teaching Writing as Process: A WPC Seminar on Writing across the Curriculum.” Attended a workshop at William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, 1997.
“Bilingualism and Subjectivity.” Presentation delivered at: “Race and Ethnicity in American Poetry: A Conference.” Passaic County Community College. Paterson, NJ, 1994.
“Yara: 20 Years of Theatre.” Opened a three-day festival celebrating this La MaMa
resident company’s work across the span of two decades, with an original performance piece. Fifth Avenue and 79th Street. NY, NY, 2010.
“Writers on War and Peace.” Hudson Valley Writers Center. Invited to read original poetry. Sleepy Hollow, NY, 2009.
“In a Different Light,” a poetry festival sponsored by the Yara Arts Group. Read original poetry with Bob Holman, William Electric Black, and Candece Tarpley. NY, NY, 2008.
Inquiring Minds Bookstore. Read original poetry at an authors’ book signing event. New Paltz, NY, 2008.
“Reading Objects,” an interdisciplinary faculty exhibit at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. Contributed a prose poem in response to a Burial Mask of the Ibo People of Nigeria. State University of NY at New Paltz. New Paltz, NY, 2008.
“Winter Sun: A Festival of New Art and Tradition.” Three original poems titled “Heart of the Dove” were performed by actors affiliated with the Yara Arts Group of La MaMa, on 5th Avenue and 79th Street. NY, NY, 2008.
“Nineteenth Annual Poetry Forum.” Read original poetry at the Conference on College Composition and Communication.” Chicago, IL, 2006.
American Sign Language performance piece at Dutchess Community College, produced by Carmen Garcia. Contributed original poetry. Also rendered at Vassar College. Poughkeepsie, NY, 2005.
“In Verse: Poetry in Performance.” Original poems performed by actors Grace Hsu, Soomi Kim,and Shona Tucker. Directed by Virlana Tkacz of the Yara Arts Group, La MaMaExperimental Theatre, at an outreach location. Kerhonkson, NY, 2003.
“Women Doin’ Poetry.” Read original work in two languages as part of an International Women’s Day poetry celebration. Cup and Chaucer Bookstore, Montclair, NJ, 2002.
Artist/Teacher Institute. Attended a summer program as a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship Recipient. Wrote a performance piece rendered by participating actors at William Paterson University.Wayne, NJ, 2000.
Vermont Studio Center. Received a full fellowship from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; presented new work at a reading. Johnson, VT, 2000.
“Gogol Festival.” Created autobiographical prose poems that were read by performers
(Jennifer Rohn, Meredith Wright, and Xenia Piaseckyj) affiliated with the La MaMa
Experimental Theatre, the Public Theatre, and the Ukrainian Stage Ensemble. Ukrainian Institute, Fifth Avenue and 79th Street. NY, NY, 2000.
“Literary Evening.” Invited to read original poems by the Consul General of Ukraine at a Ukrainian Consulate forum for emerging Manhattan artists. Yara Arts Group: NY,
Artist/Teacher Institute. Attended a summer program as a NJ State Council on the Arts
Fellowship recipient. Participated in a workshop led by Jeanne Murray Walker. Rowan
University, Glassboro, NJ, 1998.
“A Reading by Local Authors.” Read original work with Princeton Arts Review contributors. Encore Books, Princeton, NJ, 1997.
“Bilingualism and Subjectivity.” Presentation delivered at: “Race and Ethnicity in AmericanPoetry: A Conference.” Passaic County Community College. Paterson, NJ, 1994.
Ridgewood Art Institute’s Summer Show. Contributed original watercolors. Curator: Danielle Wexler. Ridgewood, NJ, 2013; 2011.
“Meeting of the Minds”: Contemporary Surrealist and Conceptual Art. Red Hook Community Arts Network. Curator: Brian Schorn.Red Hook, NY, 2013.
“Our Better Nature”: Landscapes, Botanicals, and Art of the Natural World. Red Hook Community Arts Network, in cooperation with Northern Dutchess Botanical Gardens. Red Hook, NY, 2013.
“Cornell Has Talent.” A showcase of four artists’ works at the Cornell Club of NY.
Fifth Avenue and 44th Street. NY, NY, 2012.
“Facebook Friends Exhibit.” ArtPride, NJ, in conjunction with the NJ State Council on the Arts, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Statewide exhibit of five artists’ work, presented both online and in a gallery setting. Lyceum Center for the Arts. Burlington, NJ, 2012.
“May Artist of the Month.” Ridgewood Art Institute. Ridgewood, NJ, 2012.
Ridgewood Art Institute’s 32nd Annual Regional Juried Show. Watercolor juried into exhibit.Judge: Dr. Holly Pyne Connor, curator of the nineteenth-century American collection, Newark Museum. Ridgewood, NJ, 2012.
“Holiday Show.” Contributed several works to the Ridgewood Art Institute.
Chairman: Arthur Patrick Gilmore. Ridgewood, NJ, 2012.
“Painting Blithewood.” Participated in a plein air painting session at Bard College, as part of the Red Hook Bicentennial celebration. Paintings exhibited at the Red Hook Community Arts Network Gallery. Red Hook, NY, 2012.
“Paper Works.” Contributed small works to the Red Hook Community Arts Network holiday exhibit. Red Hook Community Arts Network Gallery. Red Hook, NY, 2012.
“Red Hook Bicentennial Community Day.” Participated in a plein air painting session at Montgomery Place. Red Hook, NY, 2012.
“The 60th Annual Sponsor Show.” Contributed a watercolor to the annual exhibit co-sponsored by the Cooley Gallery, Lyme, CT, and the Ridgewood Art Institute. Ridgewood, NJ, 2012.
“The 59th Annual Sponsor Show.” Contributed a watercolor to the exhibit. Curators: John Osborne and David Buckbinder. Ridgewood Art Institute. Ridgewood, NJ, 2011.
“Poems and Paint.” Original poetry exhibited with responses by visual artists (Erin Dinan; Liz Smith). Arts Society of Kingston. Kingston, NY, 2011.
“Paper Works.” Contributed small works to the Red Hook Community Arts Network holiday exhibit. Red Hook, NY, 2011.
“Botanicals, Still Life, and Land Journeys”: An Exhibition of Watercolors from the Betsy
Jacaruso Studio and Gallery. Rhinebeck, NY, 2011;2008.
“Holiday Show.” Contributed a painting to the Arts Society of Kingston’s annual exhibit.
Kingston, NY, 2010.
Fluent in Ukrainian; proficient in German.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL/GRANT EXPERIENCE
Freelance Writer/Visual Artist: 2009-Present
Princeton Community Works Conference. Attended conference and received a certificate for four hours of professional development. Princeton, NJ, 2016.
Red Hook Community Arts Network. Artist in collective. Exhibited watercolors and supported general gallery/community initiatives. Red Hook, NY, 2016.
Joel Popadics, Ridgewood Art Institute. Edited blog and promotional material for one of America’s premiere landscape artists. Ridgewood, NJ, 2011-2013.
Clara Maass Medical Center. Volunteer grant writer. Belleville, NJ, 2011.
Montclair Art Museum. Weekly membership team table volunteer for the “Cezanne
and Modernism” exhibit. Montclair, NJ, 2009.
Yara Arts Group. Grant Reviewer (Freelance). NY, NY, 2001-2009.
Scholastic, Inc. Assistant Editor/Writer for Scholastic News. NY, NY, 1985-1986.
William Paterson University. Taught GRE Preparation Course, Continuing Education.
Fulbright Association; Havard Alumni Association
by Christina Lilian Turczyn
If you want to know if there is love after war,
ask the sea. The sea has no grammar.
The sea is breath.
does not judge.
Cast a stone beneath its surface.
Think of water as your lover.
You will need to dive into that starless quiet
far beneath waves and their skin
where birth and death embrace.
What is right or wrong?
Ask the sea.
Ask dark, silent rivers of sky.
Look for the difference between shards
and green glass,
survival and living.
–first published by Art Times, 2017
Яk хочиш знати чи лишається
любов по війні
Mope не знає граматики.
Море є віддих.
Море не судить.
Kинь камінь під воду.
Обійми глибину як любов.
Tреба плавати в тишині без зір,
далеко поза тіло хвилей,
де уродження овіймає смерть.
Що є правильне або зле?
Запитайся темних, тихих рік неба.
Шукай за різницею між розбиттим знанням
I зєленим шклом–
пєрєживанням і життям.
–Translated by Christina Turczyn