CHRISTOLA PHOENIX is:
A Baby Boomer.
A Black Woman.
A lifetime resident of Harlem, New York.
A Registered Nurse.
A Mother, grandmother and GG ( great-grandmother)
Born in Harlem Hospital in 1946, Christola Phoenix worked for thirty-four years at Harlem Hospital Medical Center. She received her Associate Applied Science Degree in Nursing from the Borough Of Manhattan Community College in 1978, and was awarded her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the City University of New York in 1982. She retired from her position at Harlem Hospital as Nurse Manager of the Post Anesthesia Care Unit in 2011. Upon her retirement at age sixty-five, she enrolled at the Gotham Writer’s Workshop Memoir class and began writing her memoir. Having been born, bread, roasted and toasted in Harlem, Paper Curls and Peanut Earrings is a coming of age memoir in Harlem which tells her stories of: poverty, early childhood physical and sexual abuse, teenage motherhood, her journey to get her education. With determination, perseverance, and human angels in her life, she breaks her family's cycle of poverty. She lives to tell her story.
Christola was a past participant in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in 2013, and The Creative Non-Fiction Conference in Pittsburg, PA in 2015. She is a finalist for the 2017 Still I Rise Grant for Black Women Writers. Two excerpts from her memoir have been published in The Coil of Alternating Current Press. She is the recipient of the Bread Loaf Wrfiters' Conference 2017 Katherine Bakeless Nason Scholarship for Nonfiction. In June 2018 she will be attending VONA/Voices Workshop in Berkeley, Ca.