Playwriting Alumna Christina Quintana to Publish Poetry Chapbook

December 16, 2015

Playwriting alumna Christina Quintana’s ’13 poetry chapbook The Heart Wants will be published by Finishing Line Press in early 2016. ​It is now available for pre-order.

In addition to her poetry, Quintana's plays and musicals have been developed and produced in New Orleans, Atlanta and New York City by INTAR, Actor's Express, the Movement Theatre Company, Prospect Theatre Company and Williamstown Theatre Festival, among others. She is a member of EST Youngblood and was recently named a semifinalist for the 2016 P73 Playwriting Fellowship.
“Playwriting and poetry are so interconnected for me,” said Quintana. “When I was in the program at Columbia, Kelly Stuart was so supportive of the fact that I write across genre, and working as a lyricist with composer Brett Macias, whom I met thanks to Deborah Brevoort's lyric-writing class, has undoubtedly sharpened my focus down to the word.”

While at Columbia, Quintana interned at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92Y. She says she'd fallen in love with poetry as an undergraduate, but never considered herself a poet. Through her internship, she began working with poets and organizing readings every week, and started dabbling in poetry privately. Since then, her poetry and fiction has been published in Glyph, Gaslight: A Lambda Fellows Anthology, the jdbrecords blog and First Class, and is forthcoming in Raspa Magazine and Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art. Quintana was a 2014 Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging Voices Fellow in Fiction, and has had multiple poems performed by EMOTIVE FRUITION, downtown poetry readings by New York actors.

“I still consider myself a beginner as a poet, but I will say that in that there is a certain amount of freedom,” says Quintana. “I was ‘trained’ as a playwright and I have the MFA stamp, but when it comes to poetry, I sometimes feel braver, because I'm not so caught up with ‘the right way.’

Her work in other genres has not slowed her playwriting down. ​Her musical GUMBO will have a 90-minute reading through the 2016 TRU Voices New Musicals Series on January 25. She is also currently working on a TYA commission for the Peppercorn Theatre Company in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

​“There's this great Lorca quote that I've become newly obsessed with that says, ‘Plays are poems standing up.’” she says. “Arguably, then, poems are plays sitting down.”