February 13, 2015
In a special appearance sponsored by the English department and Creative Writing Committee, New York Times best-selling author Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz gave an afternoon presentation to faculty and students about her professional writing and research. Later that evening, she read from and discussed her newest book, Dr. Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine (Gotham/Penguin, 2014)
Dr. Mütter's Marvels is an acclaimed biography of Thomas Dent Mütter, a visionary nineteenth-century surgeon and influential figure in the birth of modern medicine. The book recently debuted at #7 on the New York Times Bestseller list for Books about Health.
A native of Philadelphia, Aptowicz has an impressive publishing record in both poetry and nonfiction. Her recent awards include the ArtsEdge Writer-In-Residency at the University of Pennsylvania (2010-2011), a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (2011), and the Amy Clampitt Residency (2013).
A three-time National Slam Champion, Aptowicz's 2008 book chronicling the rise of slam, Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through 20 Years of New York City Poetry Slam, garnered high praise from many poets and critics. Aptowicz also has written six books of poetry; her most recent, The Year of No Mistakes, won the Writers League of Texas Book of the Year Award (2013-14). Her work in both genres has been published in Rattle, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, PANK, La Petite Zine, decomP, and Umbrella.