Christina Lilian Turczyn, a former Fulbright Scholar, received her B. A. in English from Cornell, and her Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing from Binghamton University. She has taught critical and creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson, William Paterson University, and SUNY–New Paltz, among other institutions.
Currently a freelance writer and visual artist, Christina has, in the past five years, contributed watercolors to twenty exhibits. Those include ArtPride New Jersey’s “Facebook Friends Gallery,” the Cornell Club of New York’s “Cornell Has Talent,” as well as diverse exhibits sponsored by the Ridgewood Art Institute. In 2011, Christina attended the College Art Association’s National Professional Development Workshop for Artists in Trenton, N.J.
Her writing honors include an Intro Award in Poetry from the Associated Writing Programs, first prize in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards (noted in The New York Times) and first prize in Vanguard Voices of the Hudson Valley. She received honorable mention in the Rita Dove National Poetry Awards (Salem College Center for Women Writers) and was a “Poet among Us” at the 2002 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, with inaugural poet Richard Blanco, and poet Shayla Hawkins.
The Yara Arts Group, a resident company at the La MaMa Experimental Theatre, has performed her poetry in New York City over the years. A most recent festival titled “Re-Imagine Ourselves” received outstanding reviews from New York Arts: The International Guide to the Art World. Mention of her performance piece Architecture, as rendered by the Yara Arts Group, is made in Theatre World (Volume 66/2009-2010).
Interdisciplinary work was featured in a faculty exhibit at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, N.Y. Christina was also awarded several writing residencies to the Vermont Studio Center.
Scholarly work appears in Multiple Intelligences, Howard Gardner, and New Methods of College Teaching, ed. Clyde Coreil, and in the Associated Writing Programs Pedagogy Papers. Conference presentations include the Conference on College Composition and Communication (2006) and the “Innovative Methods of Teaching in Higher Education Conference” at New Jersey City University (2001) described by participants as a “national leadership conference.” Additional conference presentations include a poster fair presentation titled “Artists in Education:Agents of Inclusion and Change” (Christina L. Turczyn and Laura Petrovich-Cheney. Washington, DC, 2014) as well as a roundtable at the CNN Center in Atlanta with the Fulbright Association, titled “In All the Sign Languages of the World.” In 2015, she attended a United Nations DPI/NGO meeting on the issue of “Technologies Available to Primary and Secondary Schools,” co-sponsored by the Rutgers Preparatory School.