Christy Callahan was born in St. Louis, and earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. During her internships, she split her time as the Helpline Facilitator and trainer at a local teen suicide hotline and as a patient educator at Planned Parenthood. After graduation, she worked full-time as a social worker, focusing on sexual health education and awareness in St. Louis.
A year or so later, Christy shifted her academic attention to her passion for writing and poetry, and is currently studying for her MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry at UMSL. Her poetry has been featured in publications such as LitMag, Bellerive and Bad Shoe. She has read her work in Galway, Ireland, and locally at The Archive, Dressel’s, and as a featured reader in the Chance Operations, Second Friday Notes and Open Mic Night at the Inn reading series. Christy has recently been chosen as a Des Lee Scholar and as an honorable mention in the 2012 James H. Nash Poetry Contest. When not in school or writing, Christy works both as a social worker and a graduate assistant.
Christy Callahan will be a featured reader at the April 2012 Chance Operations and will be reading her recently published poems along with other excellent writers at the Bad Shoe #8 Release Party on Wednesday, May 2nd, at 7:30p.m at Mangia Italiano. You can find Christy Callahan on facebook to stay up-to-date on any upcoming readings!