Chritine Timm

Chritine Timm

Christine Timm is a NYC performance poet, drawing inspiration from jazz and ska, West African griottes, Ginsberg and Bukowski, and a bucket of spoken word artists. Her recently completed dissertation, Breaking the Silence: Manifestations of the Oral Tradition in 20th Century Literature landed her a Ph.D. from the City of New York Graduate Center, where she was a student of Allen Ginsberg.

At the Bowery Poetry Club in lower Manhattan, Christine co-hosts and co-produces the New York City College Poetry Slam as well as other shows, like the LOVE POETRY HATE RACISM events. For the youngsters, she produces the popular Bowery Kids Series, known for providing interactive, educational, but essentially quirky entertainment and workshops.

She also co-hosts and co-produces Westchester County’s only PSI (Poetry Slam, Inc.) registered slam.

Christine is Associate Professor of English at Westchester Community College, where she takes great pleasure in teaching composition, Modern American Poetry, and Creative Writing. She curates the Poets and Writers reading series and produces a slew of campus poetry events. She is faculty advisor to the current NYC College Slam championship team, the Urban Poets Society. She is also senior editor of the campus creative writing journal, Ink.

In addition to hitting the stage with her distinctive spoken word spin, she has print publications in places, like American Book Review and Beat Culture: The 1950s and Beyond. She has served proudly as featured poet of the month for Poets Against the War. Her poetry and performance schedule are available at

When she’s not pushing poetry, Christine is kicking up dust with Niall O’Leary and his Irish dancing ensemble. The group has performed at many of the major New York City venues, like Symphony Space, as well as all of the real Irish pubs in town. They dance regularly with the NYC based Irish rock band, Black 47.

After swinging her entire life from one NYC borough to the other, Christine Timm moved with her husband, Bob James, and children to Westchester County. She has three lively sons, who all enjoy entertaining her with their mischievous antics.

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