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Christie Valentin-Bati

Continuing Studies Instructor


Christie Valentin-Bati is a hybrid poet, photographer, and painter with M.F.A. in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. Her works "Solitude" and "Collected" received honorable mention in the 2021 and 2022 Academy of American Poets Prize judge by Amy Gerstler and Richard Meier, respectively. Her work has been commissioned by the ACLU of Illinois, exhibited in Porous Gallery. She collaborated with fabric artist Anne Wilson to exhibit in Davis Drawing Room. Her work is featured in Swamp Ape Review, Allium Magazine, Bending Genres, Drunk Monkeys, and more. She is the Managing Editor of Gourd Poetry and owns more than twenty houseplants.


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Students will work to improve their writing skills while pushing their creative limits in this dynamic writing course. Designed for those who want to investigate writing through experimentation with style, format, and media, students explore the possibilities of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and hybrid practices as they investigate the many intersections between visual art and language, such as comics, artists� books, film, and performance. Through traditional and unconventional forms of writing, students develop their own voice and vision, express ideas in new ways, and give their writing a new creative edge. With faculty guidance and peer support, students share their literary efforts in class and are assigned reading and writing exercises to clarify, expand, and challenge written expressions. *NOTE* Some previous writing experience is beneficial. Students are required to bring their own laptop or tablet with word processing software, such as Word, Pages, TextEdit, etc.

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