Christine Green

Freelance Writer

Christine Green is the Managing Editor for Rochester's (585) Magazine. She was also the founder and host of the popular reading salon, Words on the Verge.

Christine grew up in San Jose, CA and holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from UC Berkeley and an MA in anthropology from the College of William and Mary. Christine is a 2016 Pink Door Literary Fellow and was a member of the Listen to Your Mother 2017 Rochester cast. She is proud to be a part of the Listen to Your Mother 2020/2021 Production Team.

Her essays, articles, poetry, and creative non-fiction appear in several literary journals and magazines.



(585) magazine
In This Moment - (585) magazine

Photo by Michael HanlonWhen Amanda Chestnut got a call from Jeanne Strazzabosco asking her to curate a series of chapbooks highlighting the lives of Black leaders in Rochester, she knew that the idea could turn into something special. "Once we spoke the idea into being, it just kind of kept going on its own," says Chestnut.

Rev. Myra Brown: Fighting for Social Justice

Rev. Brown played important role during Daniel Prude's protests. She says she wants to be a 'bridge' to build 'a better city and a better group of human beings' "I had a dream, and in this dream I was standing on the altar, and there was kind of a sea of people out in front of me."

Whetstone Magazine
For Curanderos, Cures Come From the Ground Up - Whetstone Magazine

Whenever Tonita Gonzales was sick, her grandma would bring her warm, soothing atole. This rich blue corn meal drink, often fortified with juniper ash, is a staple for many in the American Southwest and Mexico. Atole (some variations are also called atole de elote, chakewe and champurrado) is full of vitamins and minerals.

A Love Letter to the Community

In a new book, Jeannie Gainsburg of Pittsford addresses common questions about the LGBTQ+ community, current appropriate vocabulary, tools for advocacy and much more Shortly after her 40th birthday, Jeannie Gainsburg of Pittsford read a book about women's suffrage. She allowed herself a moment to daydream about being back in time, side by side with Susan B.

(585) magazine
We were more Indian once - (585) magazine

At only seventeen, Sejal Shah was the first Indian American in Rochester to perform an arangetram. An arangetram is a debut performance by a student of classical South Indian dance. Preparing for this event is no easy feat. It takes training and dedication and planning.

Poetry blooms in the Flower City

Michael Hanlon We've all seen the image of the brooding writer dressed in black bleakly reading poetry to a distracted audience in a coffee shop or smoky bar. To nonpoets this is how poetry often appears in popular media-obscure and boring. But the reality is something far different.

Going Gray, Naturally

Stylists say they see many more women over 55 embracing their natural gray. Is that a new trend? People all over town stop Brockport resident Elizabeth Banner to ask about her hair. "People always, all the time, come up to me and say your hair is so beautiful.

Promoting Diversity

Annette and Carmelo Ramos bring Latinx culture, community outreach to Rochester area When Annette Ramos boarded a plane in 1995 to attend a Native American Peace Elders gathering in Puerto Rico, she packed three Gucci bags and brought her Armani shoes.

Buffalo Soldiers

With its roots in 19th Century lore, African-American military history finally comes to light By Christine Green [caption id=attachment_1243 align=alignright width=300] Buffalo Soldier color guard Robert Burgess, Shirley Boone and Bing Reaves, a retired police officer who helps run the group.

Reading, writing, and activism

Michael Hanlon Writer Gail​ Hosking was at a rally in support of immigrant rights in Rochester last year when she spotted a familiar face. The quiet young man from her writing group-the one who didn't say much-was in front of the crowd with a megaphone.

4 Myths About Midwives

By Christine Green [caption id=attachment_825 align=alignright width=125] Becky Skovgaard[/caption] Certified nurse-midwife Rebecca Skovgaard loved night shifts on the maternity floor at Highland Hospital before her retirement from Strong Midwifery at the University of Rochester.

Creative Writing

the light ekphrastic
Green - November 2020

Derek Roper and Christine Green traded art and words. Derek shared this untitled piece with Christine: In response, Christine wrote this short story: Planchette When Aunt Clara found us with the talking board, she snatched the planchette out of our hands. We pleaded, It's just a game, it's just for fun.

Mothers Always Write
Batman's Mom - Mothers Always Write

I sometimes feel like I'm the only person in the world who still gets confused by all the different comic book heroes and movies. Which is better DC or Marvel? Batman or Spiderman? I decided to ask the only expert who knew: my son Ethan. "Marvel sucks. DC comics are superior, man."