New Podcast Episode: Mourning Doves

Hey, everyone! I have a new podcast episode up and running! You can find it here:

This week’s episode is about family, and what it means to write poetry. My grandfather was a prominent example of love and storytelling in my life. What is the true, essential power of poetry and love in our lives? How do storytelling and immediacy intertwine with that? 

Note: This episode’s cover photo is an old photograph of my grandfather being his most silly self. He is wearing a wig. That is not his real hair. 

xoxo Cristi

Rogue Fest 2022 – #FresnoWritersLive

Here I am, reading at Rogue Fest 2022 on March 5th at Goldstein’s in Fresno. This was part of #FresnoWritersLive with the support of the Fresno State Creative Writing MFA program and CWAA. I read with three amazing poets, Aidan, Shelby, and Ceci, who are my fellow CWAA members. This video is of my portion of the reading. Thank you to everyone who made this possible, and to my familia who made it out to see me!

A New Poem & A New Page

I recently had the absolute pleasure and honor to be a reader at Lit Hop Fresno 2021! The theme for my group was “Writing The Domestic” or “Women’s Work.” I composed 3 poems, specifically for the event, and read an oldie but a goodie from Moon Ride (“It’s A Girl”). Thinking about the theme of domesticity and the tediousness of women’s work naturally led to me writing a poem about an android woman refusing to do work. Here is the visual representation of that poem!

I also want to let you know that I have a new area on my page where I list all of my previous publications. It’s under “Work.” (You can click that right there!)

One last thing! A reminder to follow me on my socials, if you please:

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Instagram: @poetchill
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Twitter: @cristisandova12
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Facebook: Cristi Poeta

Thank you for reading!

xoxo Cristi

A New Poem: Inspired by Madonna

Hey, everyone! Long time no-see. Why have I been gone? This last week was finals week, and I am officially done with my first year of my MFA! Woohoo! I have been celebrating by staying up late listening to music and writing. I was particularly inspired by a Madonna song, “Bedtime Story” and decided to create a redacted poem from it. Here it is:

Thanks for stopping by.

xoxo Cristi

“Write about something presently in your life that is ‘worth it.'”

(Grad school). I remain imperfect. But the grueling behind clear eyes

feels like a portal to joy.

I began with my vision

blurred.

But, the further

I dive into the forest,

the more the canopy

opens

up.

Crosshatched sunlight

On my olive skin.

To look down

at my hands

is to look through a kaleidoscope

of journey.

Debt.

Sure.

Uncertain horizon.

Yeah.

Immeasurable oasis?

Also true.

If the virus created

long shadows,

fine.

@ least I could shine

the flashlight

for miles

before me.

(Grad School).

(This is from a writing prompt featured in “300 Writing Prompts.”)

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