Stringing words together and hoping for the best

Hi, I’m Cristina, a writer and bibliophile in Pittsburgh. My work explores our identities and relationships through disability and immigrant experiences. Welcome!

In 2020, I received the Deaf Artists Residency award at the Anderson Center. Carnaval, Upstate, a short story about language and belonging, appeared in Peatsmoke Journal (Spring 2021).

Here you’ll find my ramblings about all things literary and my (very old) short stories that I keep around to remind myself that we can all improve.

To the Grand Dame of Crime

A love letter to Ruth Rendell

Let's Play!

The intricate dance of work and play in the creative process

The Wayward Mother

Character Study No. 1

Why I Write What I Write

Understanding is the name of my game

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Smile for Me
By Cristina Hartmann
2017
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Monsters Under the Bed
By Cristina Hartmann
2015
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The Key
By Cristina Hartmann
2014
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Love Hives
By Cristina Hartmann
2013
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The Arrival Gate
By Cristina Hartmann
2013
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Story: Style, Structure, Substance and the Principles of ScreenwritingRobert McKee
The Writer's JourneyChristopher Vogler
MiddlemarchGeorge Eliot
Everything I Never Told YouCeleste Ng
A Thousand AcresJane Smiley
Cat's CradleKurt Vonnegut
Dignity: Seeking Respect in the Back Row AmericaChris Arnade
The Little PrinceAntoine de Saint-Exupéry
The GiverLois Lowry
Asta's BookBarbara Vine
Magic for Beginners: StoriesKelly Link
Bounty: the True Story of the Mutiny on the BountyCaroline Alexander
The End of the AffairGraham Greene