Christine is a homebody with a gypsy soul. Born and raised in Maryland, she has the ocean in her blood. She has traveled on four continents. Only three to go!
Christine is the author, photographer, and designer behind Tiny Dino Worlds: Create Your Own Prehistoric Habitats (Roost Books, March 2020). Her first book, Dress Culture in Late Victorian Women's Fiction: Literacy, Textiles, and Activism, was reviewed in the London Times Literary Supplement, English Literature in Transition, Victorian Studies, and elsewhere. Researching Dress Culture allowed her to tromp over the English moors studying Victorian corsets, embroidery, and working-class activism. Christine has published scholarly essays and reviews in the field of Victorian studies. Currently, she writes fiction and personal essays such as “Garden Alchemy” (Bella Grace Magazine, Fall 2019), “Alive While We Are Live: Tending our Inner Gardens” (Taproot Magazine, April 2019) and "Diary of a Hen Owner" (5280 Magazine, May 2015).
Christine holds a PhD in English Literature and has nearly 15 years of award-winning university teaching and small-group leadership experience. Learn more about Christine’s academic teaching and research here. She is passionate about finding beauty in the mundane, and she has a deep drive to bring people together around a shared table. Christine teaches literature and writing at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. She also teaches Ink & Stem workshops and retreats—combining succulent and terrarium design with contemplative writing—at venues such as the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Makerie, the Scatter Joy Center for the Arts, and at private events. Ink & Stem was named one of the “top 38 cool classes for adults” by 5280 Magazine, and Christine’s succulent designs have been featured in The Denver Post. Christine was recently highlighted in Voyage Denver’s Trailblazer Series.
When not camping or traveling with her husband and two children, you can find Christine whipping up a mess in her tiny kitchen, digging in the garden, shooting photos, or plotting far-fetched travel. And of course, there will always be a stack of books and a cup of black tea nearby. She lives in Denver, Colorado.