ChChristina M Rau Backlit by Kaeti Wigelandristina M. Rau is the author of the sci-fi fem poetry collection Liberating The Astronauts (Aqueduct Press, 2017), which won the SFPA’s 2018 Elgin Award, and the chapbooks WakeBreatheMove (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and  For The Girls, I (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). She is the founder of Poets In Nassau, a reading circuit on Long Island, NY. She teaches English at Nassau Community College where she also serves as Poetry Editor for The Nassau Review . As a book lover, she writes for Book Riot. Her poetry has appeared on gallery walls in The Ekphrastic Poster Show, on car magnets for The Living Poetry Project, and most recently here.

She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at LIU Southampton, her MA in English and Creative Writing at Hofstra, and her BS in English at SUNY Oneonta. She has conducted poetry writing workshops throughout the tri-state area including LIU Post’s Hutton House Lectures and for a small group of writers in the Graphic Eye Gallery. Along with several other poets, she guest-blogged at Poetry Has Value to demystify the publication world.

She tweets on Twitter, pins on Pinterest, reposts on Tumblr, reviews on Goodreads, updates on Facebook, and does whatever it is one does on Instagram. In her non-writing life, she teaches yoga occasionally and line dances on other occasions.