Biography

Biography

Mary Christine Delea (who went by “Chris” until college, when she became “Christine”) was born in Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, and grew up in West Islip, on the South Shore of Long Island in New York. Her first claim to fame was a photo taken by a local newspaper photographer in front of the West Islip Public Library.

After graduating from West Islip High School in 1978, Christine attended Marietta College in Ohio, receiving a BA with two majors: English and Psychology-Sociology. Her MA in English is from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia; for this degree, Christine wrote two theses: a collection of poems, and a critical thesis on Shirley Jackson. Her terminal degree, a Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing from the University of North Dakota, was awarded in 1996.

Besides the states listed above, Christine has also lived in Maine, Mississippi, Colorado, and Kentucky; she currently lives in Oregon where she has developed a taste for Oregon wine and a passion for quilting. Being dragged along with her, or dragging her along with him, is her husband, Mel White. They share their home with 5 cats, all from Kentucky: Banshee, Zombie, Ouija, Angel, and Horus. Her brother Will, his wife Sarah, and their son live in Illinois, and her parents live in the house Christine grew up in, enjoying retirement from high school teaching.

Christine has worked in numerous jobs as well: college professor, Poet-in-the-Schools, social worker, substitute teacher, retail manager, domestic violence shelter advocate, freelance editor, and ESL teacher, and AmeriCorps VISTA, to name a few. She has conducted workshops in poetry for groups of all ages, and has lectured on different aspects of poetry in a variety of settings. She has also taught an Altered Books workshop in her home.

Christine's poems have been published in numerous places. Awards won for poetry include the 2001 Editor's Poetry Prize from the Spoon River Poetry Review, First Prize in the 2001 White Mice contest sponsored by Deus Loci, two Pushcart Prize nominations, and an Academy of American Poets University Award. 

(For a complete list of Christine’s poetry awards, click here.)

Christine also shares her creative side with quilts. Her quilts are, for the most part, her own original designs. One of her most recent quilts won Third Place in the Clackamas County Fair. She is at work on a book of quilt patterns, which she hopes to have done by the end of 2015.

She recently re-opened her Etsy shop where she sells jewelry. Christine has been beading since she was very young, and has added mixed media, stones, and resin to her jewelry tools. 

 

One of Christine's favorite quotations (because, frankly, this bio is way too much about Christine, and it's time to go elsewhere):

"I am his Master's dog at Kew--

Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?"

— Alexander Pope

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