Cris has taught creative writing at Columbia University and New York University where she was given the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012. She's currently an Assistant Professor at William Paterson University.

If you'd like to invite Cris to speak, please contact Elyse Cheney.


Sample Lecture Topics and Invited Talks


Child Welfare: Cris can speak about everything from the history of foster care to emerging, hopeful trends. She has personal experience with the system and can connect it to other social movements. Some recent talks below:


Foster Teens and Permanency: A Keynote Address to the State of Maine Child Protective Stakeholders Conference

 Aging Out: What’s Next: Keynote Address to the Hilton Foundation, Los Angeles

A Brief History of Child Welfare. Presented at Hunter School of Social Work

What Judges Don't Know. A Master Class for all Family Court Judges in New York City



Writing: Cris has been writing professionally for twenty years and can speak on everything from finding inspiration to the nuts and bolts of getting published. She's also available to teach small workshops. Examples of talks below:


Blended Forms: Successfully Merging Journalism and Memoir. Presented at CalArts, Los Angeles

Writing Your Childhood. Presented at True Colors, Queer Youth Conference

Writing the Memoir Book. Presented in the course, “Memoir Writing,” 92nd Street Y

Get More Out of Freelancing. Presented at the Newswomen’s Club of New York

Hacks and Flacks: The tricky relationship between publicists and reporters. Presented at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association conference


Gender: Cris has written two books on trans communities (for teenagers and adults) and can speak about cultural history, a range of contemporary issues, as well as "transgender 101" for those looking to expand their understanding. Recent talks below:


Policing Bodies and Body Politics: Transgender Movements Then and Now: Presented at University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Transgender Street Kids and the U.S. Response. Keynote Address at the Ciclo Rosa Conference in Bogotá, Colombia

Trangender 101: Presented at Columbia University School of Social Work

Writing Transgender Lives. Presented at Princeton University

Writing the Feminist and Transgender perspective. Presented at Bowling Green State University


ALSO… For private lessons, manuscript editing, or book coaching, contact Cris here.

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