"I tell stories and explore storytelling modes and traditions across cultures. My interdisciplinary projects include books, films, performances, photographs, paintings, and other imaginings often merged across genres and media. Most of my work is fictional, parafictional, dramatic, and poetic. Regardless of form, I am interested in the concept of power and how it manifests itself in individual and societal contexts. Often my protagonists are those struggling to find power: marginalized people, animals, and other beings in situations they desperately want to control. I am particularly invested in telling women's stories and am deeply influenced by my Salvadoran-American background, upbringing in the South, and current life in New York City. General interests include the environment, technology, history, immigration, and disability."
Christine Sloan Stoddard is a Salvadoran-American writer, interdisciplinary artist, and curator. She is the founder of Quail Bell Magazine and the author of Desert Fox by the Sea, Belladonna Magic, Water for the Cactus Woman, and other books. You can find her words, images, and videos in Ms. Magazine, Bustle, The Feminist Wire, Marie Claire, The Huffington Post, Yes! Magazine, Digital America, Native Peoples Magazine, and beyond. Her creations have also appeared in the New York Transit Museum, the Queens Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Waveland Hurricane Museum, the Poe Museum, FiveMyles Gallery, and elsewhere. Previously, she was the artist-in-residence at Annmarie Sculpture Garden-Smithsonian affiliate, Brooklyn Public Library, Invisible College, and other organizations.
In 2019, Christine completed her term as the first-ever artist-in-residence at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in Manhattan, earned her MFA from The City College of New York-CUNY in Harlem, and made her debut at the Kennedy Center in D.C. In 2020, she became a Visible Poetry Project filmmaker and a Table Work Press national playwriting competition winner.
Currently, she is the AIR at Heartshare Human Services of New York and runs Quail Bell Press & Productions. In May 2020, she completed a social distancing artist residency at 1708 Gallery and is scheduled for one at the Queens Botanical Garden this summer.