Lyndhurst, New Jersey, United States
Home page: www.bohemianangel.etsy.com
Christine McGuigan-Bruness is a published author and artist who has been a creative free spirit her entire life. She lives in New Jersey with her beloved husband, Richard, and their cherished cats: Daisy Love, Shadow Rose, Patches Angel, Boss, Alfonsa Angela, and Baby Mama Angelina. The couple created a small backyard sanctuary, certified by the National Wildlife Federation, to promote wildlife in the area. Strays and visiting cats often visit and are always welcome and fed.
The author has had hundreds of poems, articles, pieces, stories, short-short stories, letters, and guest editorials published in both print and on-line publications, such as Haiku Headlines, (was the Featured Poet in November 2002) Rolling Stone, Free Focus, Lilith, Frogpond, Flutter, Dreams of Decadence, Dreamspost.com, easygreenliving.net, Timepieces, Transcendent Visions, Poetry Sharings Journal, (was the Featured Poet in April 2001) The Observer, The Commercial Leader, The Casino Anthology, Useless Knowledge, Bolts of Silk, Bewildering Stories, Because We Write, Poetry Super Highway, (was the Featured Poet of the Week, October 9-15 2006) The Starlite Cafe, Poets Haven, Poetic Musings, The Web Poetry Corner, (was selected by the webmaster as a Featured Poet in April 2001 for PSJ) The Cynic Online Magazine: Cafe Del Soul, SP Quill, Seasons, Haiku Haven, Roses and Rainbows, Voices, Poets Ink Review, (was also included in The Best of Poets Ink Review) Poet Express, OCEAN Magazine, Opium Poetry Blogzine, Ancient Heart Magazine, A Hudson View, Wonder Haiku Worlds, Associated Content, Buzzle.com, Spinnings...Intense Tales of Life, Poetic Hours, Skyline Magazine, Literary House Review, Poets Against War, Pondering Moments, World Peace Society, Propeace.net, 3 Lights Gallery: Promenade, Helium, eHow.com, Covert Poetics Journal, Asphodel Madness, Recovering the Self, Subtle Tea, Scifaikuest, Zygote in My Coffee, Meow Poetry, the website for the Connecticut Rose Society: (affiliated with the American Rose Society) www.ctrose.org/haiku.htm, Medusa's Muse, Journal One Twenty, etc.
Christine has been the recipient of over forty writing/literary awards & commendations, including the Rose/Rosemary Zienteck 2000 Literary Award for her book: Imbalance, An Experimental Collection of Micro Stories and Poetry, the 2000 New Jersey Writer of the Year Award, four Readers Choice Awards for her work in Haiku Headlines, winner of the 2007 Useless Knowledge 500 Word Story Contest, winner of both the 1998 Garden State Writers Challenge for Poetry, and the 1998 Tri-State Short-Short Story Contest. In May 2008, Christine won the Covert Press 2008 Poetry Chapbook Contest for her book: Alley Cat. She received a Pushcart Prize nomination for this chapbook. In January 2009, Christine was awarded a Top 1000 badge for her work published on the website for Associated Content. She also received a Pushcart Prize nomination for her short story, "Tattooed Daisy", which was published in Recovering of Self (Volume II, Number 1).
The author has given readings and book signings at both major chains and independently owned bookstores and has taught writing and poetry workshops.
Christine's artwork has been exhibited in many group exhibitions, two two-person shows, and several solo art exhibits. Her artwork has also been published, and has appeared in Wild Violet Magazine, WOMB, 63 Channels, Bewildering Stories, Ken*Again, Skyline Publications, Covert Poetics Journal, Subtle Tea, Scifaikuest, and Associated Content. Christine received an Honorable Mention Award in 2004 for her original artwork from the Bergen County Division of Cultural Affairs in the 40th Annual Bergen County Art Show. In 2005, she received an arts grant from the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission for her original abstract artwork. In February 2008, Christine appeared as the Featured Artist for both Indie In-Tune and Carpe Nocturne. In May 2009, Christine was interviewed by the British writer, Paul Rance, regarding her art and writing. (The interview was published on the sister site of Peace & Freedom Press: http://www.booksmusicfilmstv.com/ChristineRichardBruness.html, and on the Associated Content website: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1709093/paul_rance_interviews_christine_richard.html?cat=49.) In October of 2011, she also received Second Place in the Art Association of Rutherford's 64th Annual Juried Show at the Meadowlands Environmental Center.
Christine has a BA with a writing concentration from William Paterson University. She also completed the post baccalaureate teaching certification program at WPU with honors.
She has experience as a freelance book editor, writer, manuscript evaluator, public relations director, and as an ESL teacher.
Greatest Inspiration: Cats.
Motto: Nurture and share your unique magic, embrace peace and freedom, cherish your loved ones, respect Mother Earth, and be kind to all beings and living things.
On Creativity: I write and create art because I am strongly compelled to do so by a mysterious force within. It is a magical part of me that I am grateful for. I do not dissect it with analyzation but embrace it with feeling.
Artistic Statement: I create nonlinear art from the heart. I create art that I want to see. When I paint, I feel guided by the movement and energy of cats. I am inspired by nature, emotions, dreams, visions, instincts, and thoughts, and am compelled to combine these elements in my creations.
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Live Journal blog, Free Spirit: http://free-spirit-125.livejournal.com/.
Associated Content webpage: http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/185203/christine_bruness.html.
eHow.com webpage: http://www.ehow.com/members/FreeSpirit.html.
Helium webpage: http://www.helium.com/users/419766.
Author page for Constant Content: http://www.constant-content.com/Author/22042-Christine_Bruness-details-0.htm.
Interests: Cats; animals; animal welfare; flowers; butterflies; environmental conservation; writing--especially poetry; creating art: paintings, mixed media/collage pieces, and cards; vintage glamour; cooking; angels; peace; and green living.
Published writer: Yes