Christian McEwen, photograph by Joanna Eldredge Morrissey

Out this month! Sparks from the Anvil: the Smith College Poetry Interviews

World Enough & Time: On Creativity & Slowing Down - Now as an audiobook read by Christian!!!


Welcome to Christian McEwen’s website.
You will find news of what Christian is working on, excerpts from her published books, as well as some examples of her uncollected prose.
There is also an excerpt from her short film, Tomboys! co-produced with Julie Akeret.

Christian's play, LEGAL TENDER: WOMEN & THE SECRET LIFE OF MONEY, opened at the Quaker Meeting House in Northampton, MA on International Women's Day 2014. There were four performances, all of which were entirely sold out. Since then, she has been using portions of the play to generate community discussion, most recently at Middle Church on Second Avenue, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Visit her website:

To read more about the original performances go to: http:/​/​​news

Also, see Legal Tender on youtube:

Christian McEwen, photograph by Joanna Eldridge Morrissey
Just in: A wonderful review of "Sparks from the Anvil" by Deborah Gorlin.

In Christian McEwen's irresistible "Sparks from the Anvil," each of the collected interviews sounds more like a conversation than an interrogation. McEwen encourages, delights, surprises and enlightens her subjects, drawing astute connections between their lives and poems that they themselves may never have considered. Underscore the "quest" in questioner. With passionate curiosity and a nearly spiritual ardor, McEwen seeks discovery, and tasks herself to elicit extraordinary insights, both delicate and frank, nuanced and bold. And Eureka!, does she find them!


The Art of Letter Writing
Voice, Handwriting & Spirit
with Christian McEwen & Barbara Bash
June 12-14, 2015 at Zen Mountain Monastery

In our world of constant email it can be easy to think we’re connected and communicating. But are we really? For thousands of years, humans have been conveying their hearts and minds to people they love through writing on paper in their own hand. The Art of Letter Writing weekend retreat is a chance to explore the practical and imaginative possibilities of this uniquely accessible art form. The Monastery’s cloister—including the silence and stillness of morning and evening zazen—is a singular environment for delving into this creative and personal work.Exploring the intimacy of our own handwriting is a way to make contact with our spirit. Experiencing authentic monastic Zen training in the company of a practicing spiritual community for a weekend is a way to return to one’s true home amidst the bustle and noise of our hurry-up culture. Come experience the Catskill summer’s magnificent onset at Zen Mountain Monastery the weekend of June 12-14 for this special retreat with Christian McEwen and Barbara Bash. http:/​/​​program/​letterwriting/​


WORLD ENOUGH & TIME is now in its sixth edition.

See excerpts from WORLD ENOUGH & TIME on Michelle Aldridge's terrific site, Gwarlingo. See

Christian McEwen on the Art of Happiness

Christian's book, WORLD ENOUGH & TIME: ON CREATIVITY AND SLOWING DOWN came out with Bauhan Publishing in September 2011, and has now gone into a sixth edition. A audio version is now available, read, in its entirety, by Christian herself.

John de Graaf was an early reader, and commented in the following terms:

"WORLD ENOUGH & TIME is, above all, simply one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I read it far too quickly because I suffer from the very disease it illuminates so well, and I am one of those who warn against this disease (hurry sickness) that is everywhere among us.

I want to read this book again (and again) and slowly, savoring the remarkably moving writing -- Christian McEwen's prose is pure poetry; she has a poet's heart! And yet, it is not just her gift with words that makes this so powerful a book. Her stories ring true and put flesh on the solid social criticism and historical insights contained in the work. Her literary erudition shines through, but with an abiding humility. Most of all, this is a book that goes to the core of our current condition and asks us to reclaim our souls. Its message about time could not be more timely. This is not just a good book.

This is a book that should become a classic."

-- John de Graaf, co-author of AFFLUENZA: THE ALL-CONSUMING EPIDEMIC and editor of TAKE BACK YOUR TIME.

Selected Works

A mini treasure-house of poems and quotations based on World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down.
Now in its sixth printing! Christian McEwen gives her readers beautiful insight of how slowness can open doors to sustained creativity. World Enough is now available as an audiobook, narrated by Christian herself.
Creative Non-Fiction
"A wise book -- a quiet feast, a daydreamer's manual, a work of mindfulness, which teaches us to slow down and see the world anew. Read it slowly and come to your senses." Edward Hirsch
Documentary Film
Lively & inspiring video documentary, focusing on tomboys of all ages.
Poems of love and loss, lyric, analytic, mordant and comic.
Teaching essays
A collection of essays on teaching all forms and aspects of nature writing.
Fiction & Memoir
An anthology of tomboy writing ranging from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day.