Cristina Rizzuto HeadshotWriter. Bibliophile. Traveller. Epicure. Seeker. Trustee on the Vaughan Public Library Board of Directors. Engaged citizen. Lifelong learner. ¡Hola!

My first poetry collection, The Music Makers was published by Blaurock Press in 2012. Further writing has appeared in The Florentine; Lantern MagazineOttawa Arts Review; WattpadBest Ultra Short Poems, a poetry anthology published by the Ontario Poetry Society; Love, Anonymous, an anthology published by CWILA (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts); Dragnet Magazine; FEMMELDEHYDE; and shortlisted for a literary prize on CBC Canada Writes. I am honoured to have received the 2012 Mattia International Poetry Award, and the City of Vaughan RAVE Award – Rising Star in the Literary Arts. In 2014, I was a Writer-in-Residence at La Macina di San Cresci in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy. Most recently, I was as a Reading Panelist, and contributing writer, for the Vaughan Poetry Map, which was awarded Ministry of Tourism Sport & Culture Award for Innovation. I have a passion for community service and development, travel, politics and global affairs, languages, and learning.