Christine is a homebody with a gypsy soul. Born and raised in Maryland, she has the ocean in her blood. Since moving to Colorado by way of Virginia and Pennsylvania, Christine has fallen in love with the Colorado blue sky and red rocks of Utah. She has traveled on four continents. Only three to go!
Christine is happily at work on a forthcoming terrarium book for Roost Books. Her first book, Dress Culture in Late Victorian Women's Fiction: Literacy, Textiles, and Activism, earned glowing reviews in the London Times Literary Supplement, English Literature in Transition, Victorian Studies, and elsewhere. Researching the book allowed her to tromp over the English moors studying 19th-century corsets and social activism. Her personal essay, "Diary of a Hen Owner," appeared in 5280 Magazine.
Christine holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and has over a decade of award-winning university teaching and small-group leadership experience. 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 and the University of Baltimore. She also teaches Ink & Stem workshops and retreats--combining container gardening with contemplative writing--at venues such as the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Makerie, and the Scatter Joy Center for the Arts.
When not camping or traveling with her husband and two young children, you can find Christine whipping up a mess in her tiny kitchen, digging in the garden, shooting photos, plotting far-fetched travel, or hosting gatherings. And of course, there will always be a stack of books and a cup of black tea nearby.