Here's a big thanks to Nadia Gerassimenko for interviewing me about my creative endeavors for her blog Tepid Autumn! I'm honored to join her roster of talented female artists. Click the screenshot below to read the full interview:
Today I went to hang my little art show at the Hydroponic Garden Centers, where the Queens Lyceum is located. After I finished hanging the show, the gallery manager informed me that my collages are on the same wall as several original Christo sketches. Apparently, Christo's official photographer is friends with the owner. Only in New York, a big place that sometimes feel much smaller.
The show will be up through Oct. 18th. Come to No Pressure - Open Mic this Saturday to get an early peek. The opening reception date with the other exhibiting artist will be announced soon.
It's finally cooling down in New York City, but I'm still feeling kinda hot. After all, the fine folks at Feminist Wednesday just notified me that they'll be running Forget Fairytales' The Wise Walrus Series in their biweekly newsletter. Check out samples of the comic in The Huffington Post and sign up for the Feminist Wednesday newsletter here:
It's been a fabulous first week at For Her, where I'm—ta-da!—the new associate editor. Here are the stories of mine that have been published thus far:
As a "Jane the Virgin" fan, I was very happy to recently interview actress Andrea Navedo ('Xo') for Latin Trends Magazine. Check out my story how on how Navedo connects with her Puerto Rican heritage in the October issue!
After much thought (like, meditative levels), I've decided to return to the world of full-time employment, in large part because the right opportunity came along. I haven't been a full-time staffer since Halloween 2015. It's not that the chance hasn't come up; there have been many chances, but either the position wasn't right or the timing wasn't. The past several months have been chock-a-block with action, from family obligations to freelance contracts and assignments I could not turn down. Now I'm in the mental and emotional place to make a commitment to a publication that speaks to me. That's why I accepted a generous job offer from For Her last week.
For Her is "an online fashion and lifestyle magazine created to help the modern, style-conscious woman live a beautiful life inside and out." As of Friday, I am the first-ever associate editor of this elegant online publication. The connecting thread between For Her stories is mindfulness—bringing awareness, meaning, and intention to worldly fun and pretty things. I can't wait to begin writing and editing stories with this focus. Here's to my new journey at For Her!
Reading with your tribe makes you feel powerful. I felt like a jaguar when I hopped on Chumley's Stage at the New York City Poetry Festival this weekend. Members of the Quail Bell Crew, including moi, had a half-hour slot and we filled every minute of it with poems, flash fiction, and even a novel excerpt. This year, my fellow Quail Bell Magazine poets included Mari Pack, Deniz Ataman, Jessica Reidy, and Benjamin Nardolilli. What a crowd and what an experience. Here's where I use #Blessed unironically.
By day, I am Christine Stoddard, a New York-based magazine writer. By night I am the founding editor of the bewitching Quail Bell Magazine and a Brooklyn bohème who adores art, magic, and revolution. Really, those two personas are not all that different—at least if you're paying attention. This is where I dream, dabble, and muse. From time to time, you'll find me promoting the fairy punk lifestyle, too. And why not? It's addictive. Learn more about me.