Christian McEwen (photo by Joanna Eldredge Morrissey)

New book! The Tortoise Diaries: Daily Meditations on Creativity and Slowing Down

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

Coming in Spring 2015! Sparks from the Anvil: the Smith College Poetry Interviews


Welcome to Christian McEwen’s website. You will find 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.

Last August, Christian joined Scottish artist Jan Kilpatrick to explore the landscape of the North West Scottish Highlands, following in the footsteps of the poet, Norman MacCaig. Over the course of two weeks, they introduced their students to the magnificent local geology, with a series of trips to Knockan Crag, the Bone Caves, and Little Assynt.

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. The Hampshire Gazette provided front page coverage on March 8th, as well as an op-ed piece the following week.
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Also, see Legal Tender on youtube:

In March 2013, the Scottish Review of Books published Christian's essay on the Summer Isles, under the title of "Fire Island: Some Notes on Tanera." Unfortunately, the editors misremembered her name, and her by-line is given as "Christian Lewis." But the piece is really hers! Do take a look at Scottish Review of Books.

In December 2012, Michelle Aldredge asked if she could post some excerpts from WORLD ENOUGH & TIME on her 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 fifth edition. She has just finished taping an audio version, which will be available in the summer of 2014.

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.

Music Hiding in the Air
Christian's memoir of her painter uncle, Rory McEwen, was published in May 2013, under the title, MUSIC HIDING IN THE AIR (Bauhan Publishing, 2013). It is distributed by UPNE (University Press of New England). If you would like to buy a copy for yourself, please follow the link to the order form, to be found in the right-hand column. To read a review of this publication see artplantaetoday

Selected Works

Just out! A mini treasure-house of poems and quotations based on World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down.
Now in its fifth 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. Especially useful for girls and young people.
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.