<![CDATA[Christa Romanosky - News]]>Thu, 09 Feb 2017 22:31:20 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Vulnerability and Human Connection - Glimmer Train]]>Wed, 20 May 2015 01:31:46 GMThttp://christaromanosky.com/news/vulnerability-and-human-connection-glimmer-trainHonored to be the 2015 Very Short Fiction Award winner for Glimmer Train, and so I got to write an essay for the bulletin! Because I feel my feelings, I wrote about, um, feelings. 

"I wrote my first published story on a ranch in South Dakota. I'd had a bad year, had moved west, probably in part to escape myself. At the suggestion of a friend, I was writing in order to address the shame and vulnerability I was feeling regarding a difficult real-life event. Shame lives in dark corners. When you talk about it, it's like shining a light on a pile of shadows—they scatter, they abdicate. Vulnerability is complicated. Responding to and accepting it takes time and practice and an understanding of human frailty. We're not all coming out of the cradle with the same skill sets or the same wounds. Human connection and empathy are necessary for successful writing, yet sometimes we shy away from them, because unprepared, we find them immobilizing."

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<![CDATA[North American Review Blog Post - "On Missionary"]]>Thu, 29 May 2014 02:24:32 GMThttp://christaromanosky.com/news/north-american-review-blog-post-on-missionaryI wrote a little ditty for the North American Review blog, mostly about my life in South Dakota, but also about writing, gender, and displacement. Check it out! Issue 299.2 kicks ass, with writing by Thomas Fox Averill, Barbara Haas, Ivan HobsonMichelle Lin, and many more. 

"It would be the most boring version of the Kama Sutra, abridged for beginners. Overseas evangelists would blush as they walk past it in the aisles of Barnes and Noble. (I kid, I joke.) I wrote “Missionary” in South Dakota in 2011, during what I would later refer to as my “Kerry Fellowship,” on a ranch adjacent to a cattleman named Ted Angel who’d once held his neighbors at gunpoint. I was a summer intern at a wild horse sanctuary, and was initially given lodging on the shores of the Cheyenne River, in one of those silver-tin, hoho-shaped, fifth wheel camping trailers that smelled like cat piss and had no running water. “No toilet? No problem,” I said, understanding very quickly that this was not at all true."

See the Full Blog Post HERE

<![CDATA[Jen Murvin interviews Christa Romanosky on the Cincinnati Review Blog]]>Tue, 18 Mar 2014 03:02:21 GMThttp://christaromanosky.com/news/jen-murvin-interviews-christa-romanosky-on-the-cincinnati-review-blogPas de Deux: Romanosky & Murvin

"The feast continues with the second course in our feature Pas de Deux, in which Jennifer Murvin turns the tables on fellow 10.2 contributor Christa Romanosky and asks how in the heck she came up with her ironic, biting, and heartbreaking story “Assets.” In what follows, Romanosky reveals her secret recipe: one part biography, eight parts imagination, and two parts kitten experiment, with a dash of Deborah Eisenberg."

Check out the full interview here

<![CDATA[Spring Courses at WriterHouse]]>Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:32:19 GMThttp://christaromanosky.com/news/spring-courses-at-writerhouse
I'm excited to be teaching the course: "Unwrapping Poems: How to Read Poetry for Pleasure" at WriterHouse in the Spring semester. Check out this course, and others offered at WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Va. Spring semester starts in early April! 

Unwrapping Poems: How to Read Poetry for Pleasure
Instructor: Christa Romanosky 
Cost: $108 Members | $120 Non-Members 
8 Wednesdays, April 09-May 28, 2014 | 9:00 AM-10:30 AM LIMITED TO 12 STUDENTS.

Get a “toe in the water” exposure to poetry. Learn how to read poetry, from Ancient Greek poems and Shakespeare’s sonnets, to old favorites like Whitman and Frost, to contemporary poets like Rita Dove and Natasha Trethewey. In this course, we'll discuss writer intent, reader interpretation, basic craft, and form. Students will gather tools for reading new poems and enjoying and understanding them on their own.

Check out the new WriterHouse schedule available online. 
<![CDATA[Performance at CVille Coffee Feb 1st]]>Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:14:18 GMThttp://christaromanosky.com/news/performance-at-cville-coffee-feb-1stIt's my first show since I played at a tiny bar called Chute Roosters in South Dakota. I'm going to be playing guitar and keyboard covers, originals, all that jazz. I'm excited to start singing again, and hope those of you in Charlottesville Va can stop in and catch some tunes. $5.00 cover, 8pm. Cville Coffee Charlottesville, Va. And they've got booze! 

<![CDATA[Cincinnati Review Issue 10.2]]>Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:13:40 GMThttp://christaromanosky.com/news/cincinnati-review-issue-102I'm so excited that The Cincinnati Review Issue 10.2 is here, and in it, the story "Assets," which I wrote during a very rocky period in my life (as the twenties often are). This issue includes fiction and poetry by Steve Almond, Catherine Pierce, Virginia Smith, and many more. Please consider ordering a copy of The Cincinnati Review, and support some lovely artists and a great magazine. http://www.cincinnatireview.com/#/issues/upcoming/10.2
<![CDATA[Natalie Shapero Discusses "Sex Education" on The Kenyon Review Blog]]>Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:26:56 GMThttp://christaromanosky.com/news/natalie-shapero-discusses-sex-education

"This story is striking, in part, for its adept use of mechanical imagery in a narrative very much concerned with the living body. “Machines hum from every corner of your apartment: television, refrigerator, coffee maker,” Romanosky writes. “You are a good listener.” Erica’s mother, after losing a breast to cancer, “lopes around the house like a machine with a loose wire.” Throughout the story, the characters attend to and imitate machines with ample emotion but little enlightenment. The artificial industriousness around them comes into sharp contrast with their living, breathing, malformed selves. For this family, women’s bodies exist in a perpetual state of brokenness." -Natalie Shapero

Check out the rest of the
"Why We Chose It" on The Kenyon Review blog at: https://www.kenyonreview.org/2013/10/chose/