CV Christina Lilian Turczyn


CHRISTINA LILIAN TURCZYN, PH.D.

turczync@hotmail.com

SUMMARY

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.

EDUCATION     

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)

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

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.

FELLOWSHIPS/HONORS/AWARDS

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)
1987-1988

Vermont Studio Center Writers’ Grant, 2003

PUBLICATIONS        

Poetry

“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.

Nonfiction

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 ItMontclair, 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.

Articles/Reviews

“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.

Monographs

“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.

PRESENTATIONS/CONFERENCES

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.

CREATIVE WORK

Readings

“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,
NY, 2000.

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.

Exhibits

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.

LANGUAGES

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.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Fulbright Association; Havard Alumni Association

Dream’s Long River

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.

The sea

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.

Ask blood.

Look for the difference between shards

and green glass,

survival and living.

 

–first published by Art Times, 2017

Song of the Cranes

Song of the Cranes

 by Christina Lilian Turczyn

“Be well, native land, throughout the night.

We will return, to this very place, across oceans,

across rivers.” (Ukrainian folk song—“Song of the Cranes”)

 –In memory of Paul Turczyn

One version of Zhuravli was composed for the Edmonton Chorus

after the sighting of cranes flying back to Chernobyl.

————————————————-

If I could dance to summon storms,

rather than the artificial tears on windows

that look out from warm homes without feeling–

eyes of those who can no longer cry,

I could read the languages of wind,

etched on rock, shale of music,

song of the cranes:

Song of my parents, song of a return

to blackest earth.

 

When my father was five a fortune-teller,

for the price of two eggs

predicted he would travel very far, and he followed

the open hands of rivers to another continent.

He has always been returning.

 

Father, it seems the ten-mile, Saturday walk

from school to your village

continues still,

but the crops are phantom

stalks of moonlight, perhaps, mere bones of dream.

It seems that my dreams are feathers

I try to follow into this life, but they drop

at the door of my body, and I cannot find you.

I have forgotten the word for home.

Copyright 2000

Publications and Reviews

PUBLICATIONS 

Poetry

“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.

“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.

Nonfiction

“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.

Articles/Reviews

“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.

Monographs

“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.

Poems by Christina LilianTurczyn–“Ask Yourself”

Copyright Christina L. Turczyn 2016

Ask Yourself

This is all I have, a poem,                          If you want to get to know

spokes of pine turning in sunlight          how a woman in another country

cirrus spines of sky                                     braids bread, or how bodies of sand

leaves of shadow falling–                         blow away in war, you need to leave

people I knew, who almost                        your hotel. You need to stand

made it. This is all I have: a page              in the middle of an open square,

of earth, a tree, sky, body, names             watch pigeons huddle under

carved on bark, dunes of jazz,                   a bench, hear shops stop breathing

wood, grasses,                                               in the dark. Ask yourself what

syncopated consonance of love,                you came for, if you would

words shaking off the rain                         live with a local woman, learn

of music until only sinews                         the words for cobblestones and fear,

of rhythm are left, until words                 watch the flower of a winter sky

are bone-dark flint striking stone.          break into snow, ask yourself

This is all                                                        if you would try to pronounce

I am–everything pared down                  her name, at least that much,

to words, a woman saying                         eat berries,

“This is all I have. No more, no less.”         syllables, her life.

–First published in Gulfstreaming, Florida International University, 2003

Poems by Christina Lilian Turczyn: “I Could Have Told You”

 

Copyright Christina L. Turczyn 2016

I Could Have Told You

I could have told you that it should

not be this hard, that everything our parents

warned us about did not stretch

from the continent of one dream to the next.

Perhaps we should not have put so much

aside, the fear of loss so great

that we shored up moments

as though they were stones.

Perhaps we should have lingered

just a little longer at the place

where birches, suffused with watery

green light, settled quietly into dusk

at the river’s edge.

The stories we heard, of relatives beaten

into the dark wine of silence,

of icons left in places

where no one would

ever pray to them again,

were enough to make us think

that time remained only for those

who did not know how to count.

Still, we lingered,

played bad records on our porches,

made trips to the Catskills,

stood unafraid while wind

blew in our faces, and caravans

of planets moved behind our backs.

We had to stop thinking, we had to live,

just live, feel the way that thin leaves do

as they lean into this thick rain of stars.

–Received first prize in the Vanguard Voices of the Hudson Valley, Mohonk Mountain Stage Company, 2005

Poems by Christina LilianTurczyn: “Lena Speaks–A Persona Poem”

 

Copyright by Christina L. Turczyn 2016

Lena Speaks: A Persona Poem

one day I fail an exam and no one knows why no one knows the phone calls I’ve been getting and the looks and the walks to my car and the lectures on why I’d rather talk theory than roses and no one knows why I don’t have a heart for these things why I don’t have a mouth for them either no one no one knows why I drop out of school and lose years to dull work and quarrel with male shrinks who suggest that I always want to be on top no one no one picks me up when I fall when I crawl on the ground and my life writhes under silence like a snake of false words no one listens to my silence to a tree that grows behind my back year after year soon its apples are beyond my reach and its shadows become my spine no one listens to my gestures speak to the way I cry behind your back like a leaf turning in a windless sky cry like the bone-white skin of a star twitching in space no one

so I have lived and I have done these things and more and I have carved my words out of the silence of my bone and I have dripped white rain of song and I have taken every word from the black earth of my thought and I have taken every word from my children never conceived and I have written down hope in braille and followed blindly its staccato path and I have lost everything once and then again and I have been proud and crescent thin–almost invisible

so tell me how I should theorize these things because I feel that those who theorized my academic decline did not think it would ever really happen if they did they would have used different words used words I understood and I would not have failed have failed with a nearly perfect academic record so tell me how you theorize the sound of your life falling stillborn through your body and the way that you bend to pick it up and the way that you bend and the way that you bend and the way that you rise because you simply choose to do so because you simply were that close to dying because you found there was a mortal cost to saying I read paul celan because I love his work I love it and no more no less than that

–Finalist in the Salem College Center for Women Writers Rita Dove National Poetry Awards

Poems by Christina Lilian Turczyn: “What I Saw”

Copyright Christina L. Turczyn 2016

What I Saw—A Persona Poem

(In response to a Burial Mask before 1960-Ibo People of Nigeria)

What I saw presses against my memory—thin cell between life and death,not wider than hope, but essential to hunger. I remember wars and their aftermath, trees and their droughts. I recall the hissing sound the rain made in the leaves on hot days, the way it fell into your hands, like grief…

I recall your face, the way your eyes knew currents, the way their shadows dissolved in fractured light when my words skipped stones across your pain. I still think about our lost daughter, who crossed the threshold of sleep and closed the door behind her.I recall music: Leaves of night opening to dream. I recall wounds—stories silently unraveling, grass-tips moving in quiet currents, intuiting wind.

I wrote. I sang from the well of home, carried in the innermost words.I sang from where I had been torn, and from where I learned to laugh. I was proud.I heard centuries gathering in layers of rock. Stones of recollection. Stones of language buried by false history. Stones that made white water scream.I lived, an artist—I carved. Wood became speech in my hands, as my palms moved over ribs of time. Love was like that, moving before it understood, moving like water beneath the skin’s breathing lake. My eyes were always open.

–First published in Reading Objects, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, 2008