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06 August, 2019: Christine Howey

Christine Howey
Christine Howey is an actor, director, theater critic and performance poet. She was the Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights, Ohio for 2016-2018. Her one-person stage play of poetry about her transgender journey, Exact Change, was turned into a feature film. As a play, it premiered at Cleveland Public Theatre and was an official selection of the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival. The film is an official selection of the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in 2018 (Oct. 3-7). Christine has had four books of poetry published. She is also a slam poet and competed in the National Poetry Slams, in 2013 and 2017, as a member of the four-person Cleveland team. Christine was the theater critic for Cleveland Scene for 20 years and was named Best Critic in Ohio by both the Press Club of Cleveland and the Society of Professional Journalists. Christine was awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship in 2014 from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, and an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council in 2016, which also granted her a 13-week residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. She was honored to receive the Illumination Award as the transgender leader of the year in northeast Ohio for 2015, and the Torch Award for leadership on transgender issues from the Cleveland chapter of the Human Rights Campaign in 2017. For 40 years, Christine was an award-winning copywriter and creative director for ad agencies in Cleveland and Minneapolis, MN.

1. "My Passing, 1988" (published as "Passing" in If You Find Yourself Submerged In a Pond Under Ice, Kattywompus Press, 2011).

2. "Holiday Dinner at Mom's, 1970," Thin Chance (Kattywompus Press, 2015).

3. "William Randolph Hearst, Diving Alone, San Simeon," Citizen of Metropolis (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2018).

4. "Why Just a Sneeze?" Playing Tennis with the Net Down (NightBallet Press, 2016).

5. "Every Morning I Kill Ten Thousand Angels" (unpublished)

6. "The K-Nork, or, the Little-Known History of the Silent 'K' Preceding the Letter 'N'" Thin Chance (Kattywompus Press, 2011).

7. "I Gotta Go," Thin Chance (Kattywompus Press, 2011)

8. "I Was a Male Impersonator for 40 Years," Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice, Ron Riekki and Andrea Scarpino, Eds. (Michigan State University Press, 2019).