This is a "bio" page. For a more informal introduction, see the page HELLO.
Christine Whittemore has lived in Italy, the USA (30 years), and France. Now based back in England, in her home county of Gloucestershire.
Poet, novelist, and essayist.
She also gives talks and leads workshops, on a variety of writing-related subjects.
Books: Inscription, a novel. (Sowilo Press, 2015. Available from all booksellers. More information below and on NOVEL page).
Sudden Arabesque, poems. (Oversteps Books, 2017. Available from all booksellers. More information below and on POETRY page).
Talks & workshops: On the process of writing a semi-historical novel, like Inscription; on poet Gerard Manley Hopkins; on sonnets; poetry workshops on various themes. Christine can tailor talks and workshops to requirements, whether for adults or for school students of various ages.
Contact Christine via the email link at the foot of this page.
POETRY: published in many journals on both sides of the Atlantic, including Plains Poetry Review, American Scholar, Hunger Mountain, The Lyric, Blue Unicorn, Piedmont Literary Review, Poetry Digest, The Christian Century, Orbis, Outposts, Antiphon, Ink Sweat & Tears, Envoi and more.
In these anthologies: Remembered Place (a Housman Society anthology 1996); Prisms of the Soul (Morehouse, 1996); The Coventry Prize Anthology 1999; Poetry 2000: New Poems from the Literary Review (Robson Books, 2000); The Peterloo Poets Competition Anthology 2002; Letters to the World (Red Hen, 2008); Irresistible Sonnets (Headmistress Press, 2014); and Adlestrop Remembered: a Poetry Anthology from the Centenary Competition, 2014.
POETRY AWARDS & READINGS: Christine has won several awards in the US and the UK for individual poems. Recent UK commendations include Highly Commended in the Yeovil Prize 2014, and shortlisting in the Bridport Prize 2015.
In 1998 she received a Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for a body of work. This significant honour provided a monetary award to support the selected artists in their work, and brought opportunities such as interviews and poetry readings.
Since returning to the UK, she has been invited to read at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival in 2014, 2015, and 2016, and 2017. She also read at the Wantage Literary Festival 2014.
ESSAYS: Her essays and features have appeared in several publications in the US and Britain. including Baby Talk magazine, Islands magazine, Parabola magazine, Christian Science Monitor, New York Newsday, Weekly Telegraph, Pocono Record, Mountainsides, and Poets' Paper.
BOOKS: Her novel Inscription won the 2013 Eludia award from Hidden River Arts, is published by Sowilo Press (2015). This book was also long-listed for the 2013 Cinnamon Press novel/novella award and a semi-finalist for the 2016 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. (See this website's NOVEL page for more about Inscription).
Poetry collection Sudden Arabesque is published by Oversteps Books (2017). (See this website's POETRY page).
Christine Whittemore is represented by Julia Kenny of the Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Agency, New York.