Christopher Welch

Christopher Welch has gazed upon Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle from the apex of the Duquesne funicular; traversed the Pacific in a Micronesian sailing canoe; strolled beneath paper lanterns on Buddha's birthday in the city of Seoul; inhaled the sulfur fumes of Roto Rua, New Zealand; and perched among the gargoyles of Notre Dame Cathedral. For the past eight years, he has glimpsed Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Cambodia, Viet Nam, and the Philippines through his English Language Learners in Prince George's County, Maryland. His latest adventure of two and a half years has been navigating the rapids of matrimony and (step)fatherhood. His most recent highlight: hearing-and getting the autograph of-the 15th U.S. Poet Laureate, Charles Simic, at the National Book Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Christopher holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Ohio Wesleyan University, and a Master's of Education in English and E.S.O.L. from The George Washington University.

He also holds great envy for those, present company included, born with the gift of the bard.

Christopher Welch and Basia Toczydlowska are collaborating on a project that is being presented at 32nd&Urban on October 27.