Cristina Trapani-Scott is an award-winning writer whose poetry, fiction and essays have been published online and in print in such publications as Hip Mamamagazine, Mamazine.com, Public-Republic, Salamander Poems, Driftwood, and the Bear River Review. Her work also appears in the Writers Reading at Sweetwaters Anthology, A Cup of Comfort for a Better World and Sweet Lemons 2: International Writings With a Sicilian Accent.
As a journalist for the twice weekly publication the Tecumseh Herald, she earned awards from the National Newspaper Association for both humor and serious columns and from the Michigan Press Association for her column and spot news writing.
In addition, she has earned two Chelsea Poetry Competition Awards, a first place in 2003 and an honorable mention in 2004. She also earned an honorable mention for her short story “It’s Only a Matter of Survival” in the 2008 Metro Detroit Writers Member Contest, and she won two Kentuckiana Metroversity Writing Contest awards as a graduate student in the brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.
Born and raised in Metro Detroit, Cristina was exposed to the arts at a young age by hermother, a sculptor and painter, and her father, an bean counter turned painter. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from Central Michigan University and studied English and art at Madonna University. She completed her Master of Fine Arts studies in May of 2009 and along with teaching English and freelance writing, she owns and operates Debajo del Sol, a Spanish-inspired food cart located at Mark’s Carts in Ann Arbor.