Christine E. Ray is an indie author and freelance editor who lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is editor of Sudden Denouement Publishing’s soon-to-be-released “Anthology Volume I: Writing from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective” and “a Sparrow Stirs its Wings” by Rachel Finch. Christine will be releasing her first book of poems and prose in July of 2018. Her writing has also been featured on SpillWords, fēlan poetry & visual zine, Nicholas Gagnier’s “Swear to Me” (2017), and his upcoming collection, “All the Lonely People.” She also served as editor of the show chapbook for the Creative Women of Lansdowne Art Show (2018)
An avid writer of fiction and poetry in her teens and 20’s, Christine returned to creative writing after a long hiatus in 2016 when she launched her blog Brave and Reckless. Although she primarily considers herself a poet, she is known on WordPress for her well-regarded Brave and Reckless Series for New Bloggers, which earned the blog a Discover designation by the WordPress Editorial Staff .
She’s a founding member of Indie Blu(e) and Go Dog Go Cafe, and a writer/managing editor at the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective, including Blood Into Ink, Sudden Denouement Publishing, and Whisper and the Roar.
Christine provides a menu of developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading services through Her Red Pen Wordsmithing. If you are looking for an experienced editor or proofreader, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Composition of a Woman
Christine Ray’s debut poetry collection ‘Composition of a Woman’ is an extraordinary glimpse into the essence of what it takes to make, and sometimes simultaneously break, a woman as strikingly powerful as she is beautiful. Split into five sections (Nerve, Brain, Breast, Rib, and Blood), Ray writes about chronic illness, depression, love, loss, and identity.
“Poet Christine Ray’s first printed collection of poetry, Composition of a Woman (Sudden Denouement Press, 2018) is a striking, fearless foray into the psyche of womanhood, both highly relatable and intensely personal for female readers and achingly candid and fascinating for male.”
Candice Louisa Daquin, Pinch the Lock
“Christine Ray brilliantly split Composition into five thoughtful sections that work together beautifully to deliver the maximum impact of each poem while taking the reader deeper into a stunning journey of the mind, the body, the very soul of this person. In Composition, Christine Ray reveals so much of what we try to hide, and she does so while dancing between ruthlessly beautiful and heartbreakingly painful.”
Nicole Lyons, I Am A World Of Uncertainties Disguised As a Girl
Paperback, 132 pages/Published July 26, 2018 by Sudden Denouement Publishing
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‘Composition of a Woman’ is available at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca (Canada), Amazon Australia, Amazon Europe ( Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, and Amazon.es,) as well as other major retailers.
Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective
Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective is a thoughtfully curated compendium of the best writing published online by the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective from its launch in August of 2016 through April 2018. It includes 138 pieces of cutting-edge poetry, prose and short fiction written by 29 diverse writers from England, Romania, Japan, India, Finland, the United States and Canada. Thirty-one of the 138 pieces were written exclusively for the Anthology. This volume captures the astonishing raw power of these individual and united poetic voices.
“One of the delights of this collection is the sheer diversity of voices, unconstrained, with differing syntax, forms, loss of form, deliberate omissions and styles, one moment you are reading a condensed prose-poem about the origin of life, the next a confessional bleeding rip from the heart about love and drugs. Nowhere else in modern collections have I found such a mélange of tongues, all begging questions, responses, emotions, some disgust, horror, desire. Volume I is a true kaleidoscope of the human experience, doused in realism and the phantasmagoric with absolutely no brake fluid.” Candice Louisa Daquin, Pinch the Lock
“Sudden Denouement’s Anthology exposes and breaks many of the taboos of being truly and unashamedly human, giving us permission to look at and embrace them in the moment of reading. I was allowed a glimpse into the writers’ souls; comprehending their words was an exercise in the development of understanding human nature. This is a world in which the heaviness of life weights everything down until it is distilled—frustration and hate, love and unfiltered sex, bodily urges, addictions, the complexity of human interactions. Descriptions are brightly painful in some cases, transparently critical in others, but always smack of truth. Divergent work demands that there are no holds barred; the writer reveals everything, and cuts close to the bone, even his or her own, in order to create a pulsating, living amalgamation of words.” Mariah Voutilainen
“If you find yourself hungry for the kind of words that walk boldly into the dark filled spaces of your poetic heart, be prepared to put your dancing shoes on. This anthology is a collective kaleidoscope of fragmented and pulsing light from some of the most talented writers around the globe.” Alfa, Abandoned Breathes
Paperback, 278 pages/Published June 20, 2018 by Sudden Denouement Publishing
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A Sparrow Stirs its Wings
Author: Rachel Finch Editor: Christine E. Ray
Sudden Denouement Publishing is honored to publish Rachel Finch’s book of poetry ‘A Sparrow Stirs its Wings.” Finch is the powerhouse behind the Bruised But Not Broken community on Facebook, which provides support and healing for trauma survivors. She is a symbol of hope and light throughout the world.
“Every now and then, when the world seems to be rocked in chaos and people are screaming without listening – vile words and cries for help climbing on top of and over each other – a single voice stands out, and that voice is pure in its truth and stunning in its wisdom.
Rachel Finch, and her debut book, A Sparrow Stirs its Wings, is that voice right now. Turning her heartbreaking abuse into heart-wrenching prose, Finch writes her truth and gives her strength to every unnamed victim turned survivor.”
Nicole Lyons, I Am A World Of Uncertainties Disguised As A Girl
“A mark of a great poet is the ability to make emotional connection with their audience, and Rachel Finch does exactly that.”
Faye Brown, Black Orchid Poetry
Paperback, 148 pages/Published June 28, 2018 by Sudden Denouement Publishing
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