ChChristina M Rau Backlit by Kaeti Wigelandristina M. Rau is the author of the 2021 poetry collection What We Do To Make Us Whole, the Elgin Award winning sci-fi fem poetry collection Liberating The Astronauts (Aqueduct Press) and the chapbooks WakeBreatheMove (Finishing Line Press) and For The Girls, I (dancing girl press). She is currently serving as Poet In Residence for Oceanside Library and was named Long Island Poet of the Year by Walt Whitman Birthplace Association for 2020. She is also 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  Editor for The Nassau Review . 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 held readings and conducted poetry writing workshops throughout the United States.

In her non-writing life, she teaches yoga, practices reiki, and watches the Game Show Network (she lost big time on $100000 Pyramid!)

Thanks to Oceanside Library for inviting me to be Poet In Residence again for 2021!

Thanks to Walt Whitman Birthplace for naming me 2020 Poet of the Year!