Poems, articles, short stories, and photography appear (OR are forthcoming) in the following publications:


Instapoem Journal

Right Hand Pointing

The Million Line Poem Project (Tupelo Press)

One Sentence Poems

Plum Tree Tavern

The Avocet Journal

The Weekly Avocet

Red Cedar 2015

Moving Poems (Marc Neys's film based on my poem, "One Story" featured here)

Gnarled Oak (Marie Craven's film based on my poem, "The Red Drum" featured here)


Twice Upon a Time Anthology (Kind of a Hurricane Press)

Portage Magazine

2016 Wisconsin Poets' Calendar

Storm Cycle (2014 Best of Anthology)

Lime Hawk

The Poetry Storehouse

The Ariel Anthology

A Touch of Saccharine Anthology (Kind of a Hurricane Press/2014)

The Moon Magazine

A Poem a Day (Except in Dreams Blog/Journal)

Sounds of Solace Anthology (Local Gems Press)

Essential Wellness

Red Cedar Review

2013 Wisconsin Poets' Calendar

Drunk Poems

RE / VERSE (by Little Eagle Press)

Four and Twenty

Best Poems Encyclopedia

The Nervous Breakdown

Your Daily Poem

Latinitas Magazine

Verse Wisconsin (VW Online)

WWA Journal (Wisconsin Writers' Association)

Acorn Magazine - Nottinghamshire, England

The Best of Acorn: an Anthology (Nottinghamshire, England - 1999)

Linkway Magazine - Carmarthenshire, Wales

Yawp Literary Magazine (now known as The Ottawa Arts Review) - Ottawa, Canada

The Fulcrum - Canada

Edge Life Magazine - the Upper Midwest, United States

Beauty/Truth: a journal of ekphrastic poetry - United States

Arabesques Review - an international journal published in Algeria

Contemporary Women's Literature: The Quiet Revolution (Anthology / 2007)

Verse and Vision Anthology (Gallery Q / 2011; 2012)

Knock: Door County's Arts and Literature Magazine - WI, US 

Museletter (The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets)

The Toronto Quarterly - Canada (November 2008 issue)


Living Nature's Moments: A Conversation Between Poetry and Photography
by Cristina M. R. Norcross and Patricia Bashford

(Vox Novus Press, 2014)

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In Living Nature’s Moments, Cristina M. R. Norcross and Patricia Bashford celebrate the theatre of nature’s display, as well as pay tribute to how moments of awe-inspiring beauty can nourish and nurture the soul.  Contemplative verse, hidden narratives, and innovative visuals invite the reader to create a new story, one that honors our relationship with the natural world.

The Red Drum (2013)

by Cristina M. R. Norcross

Lone Gull Press

ISBN 978-1492824992

The 2nd edition of my poetry collection, The Red Drum: Selected and New Poems, is NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon! 

The Lava Storyteller  (2013)

by Cristina M. R. Norcross

Red Mare Press

ISSN Number 1943-7247



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This is a handmade book, each copy is numbered, in an edition of 40 only. Each cover is individually printed, each copy is individually bound by hand sewing.

This edition features a cover printed on Canford artist's paper, endpapers of Unryo-kozo/chiri rice paper, and binding of Italian cotton-blend fiber, with dancer's bells on the binding knot.

The first stanza of the first poem:

Island of clay, sand and earth
liquid lava now silent.
You are the landof treesdripping mangoes
and goats clinging to cliffs.


Unsung Love Songs

by Cristina M. R. Norcross

ISBN:  978-0-557-23528-5

UNSUNG LOVE SONGS celebrates the quiet, every day moments of love and how the recognition of this deep, abiding calmness can be the heart's biggest flourish of all.  If you are fortunate enough to find true love and keep it, then it is the moments of constancy, humor and co-existing that make up an enduring partnership.  (Available at,,, and as of late Feb. 2010.  Bookstores will be able to order this book through Ingram.)

The Red Drum: Selected Poems by Cristina M. R. Norcross

THE RED DRUM is a collection of poetry celebrating the joyfulness of living in the presence of authentic moments. Author Cristina M. R. Norcross writes about the sacred, every day moments that bring us joy, while reflecting on what makes the soul search for philosophical answers to modern living. Inspired by the beauty of landscapes, nature, visual art, music, parenthood, faith and the creative process itself, Ms. Norcross sheds light on why we need to strive for more out of life than just the external or temporal in these poems for every searching soul.  Published November 2008, 47 pages, paperback,  Also available on and select independent booksellers and galleries. Copyright 2008 by Cristina M. R. Norcross.

ISBN-13: 978-0979673313

Land and Sea: Poetry Inspired by Art

A collection of Ekphrastic poetry based on the paintings of Irene Ruddock.  First Published December 15, 2006.  2nd Edition published September 2007.  Hardcover.  Available to order at  Visit the artist Irene Ruddock's website to view all of her beautiful paintings:

ISBN: 978-0-9796733-0-6

Printed by Spectragraphic, Inc.

Copyright 2006, 2007 Paintings by Irene Ruddock
Copyright 2006, 2007 Poems by Cristina M. R. Norcross

Cover layout by Alyssa Irish of Irish Designs

Word Paint: Selected Ekphrastic Poems

A collection of ekphrastic poetry based on 7 different artists.  Published December 9, 2006 - limited print run, published privately through (, not available for purchase).  Hardcover and softcover.

But Give Me Kartoffelklösse: Remembering the Recipes of Josephine Schreppel Raskopf 

A family cookbook with photos.  (Published September 2006 - Published through (  Recently made public.  Available for purchase in hardcover ($39.95) or softcover ($26.95).  Click on the following link to Buy This Book!-