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Christa Polkinhorn
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Attended University of California, San Diego
Lives in Los Angeles, CA
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[Leonard Cohen] sang the blues with Old World struggle, rasped epic tales and sometimes gospel, strumming Spanish chords on a broken-down guitar. But his final album, You Want It Darker, Continue Reading →
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Leonard Cohen’s Reluctance To Begin The 2008 Tour Graciously acceding to my request, Sylvie Simmons offers an excerpt from her forthcoming 5000 word essay on Leonard Cohen that will appear Continue Reading →
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Dominique BOILE sends notice of Alberto Manzano’s just-published La Historia de Leonard & Marianne, which Dominique describes as “a beautiful book (in Spanish) with 112 pages and many black and Continue Reading →
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The Revolutions of Leonard Cohen To capture the effects and traces from these revolutions, gathered in the book Revolutions of Leonard Cohen, the texts of scholars, artists, writers and translators Continue Reading →
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The Los Angeles Central Public Library - literature, art, and architecture--a jewel!
The city of Los Angeles has many faces. Some people see it as a cancerous urban sprawl, with awful rush hour traffic, bad air, and crime. For others it's the glitz of Hollywood, the metropolis of business. It is all these ...
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Fascinating interview!
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Listen to the hummingbird Whose wings you cannot see Listen to the hummingbird Don’t listen to me Listen to the butterfly Whose days but number three Listen to the butterfly Continue Reading →
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Very appropriate for this time ... or any time!
Finally there’s no conflict between things, finally everything is reconciled but not where we live. This world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled but Continue Reading →
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I never depended too much on inspiration. Everyone I know is inspired in the sense that everybody has flashes of insight and moments of deep feeling and seizures of emotion. Continue Reading →
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Picture tour of An Uncommon Family. Pictures which served as an inspiration to the novel. The city of Zurich, Switzerland, where Anna, Jonas, and little Karla first meet. The river Limmat in the foreground and the two towers of the Grossmünster cathedral. This is what Karla sees, as she sits in ...
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Author of fiction and poetry, translator of English to German, lover of life, red wine, and dark chocolate
Introduction
Born and raised in Switzerland, Christa Polkinhorn has always had a desire to explore the world outside of her beautiful but tiny country. As a young woman, she traveled through Europe, came to the United States on an exchange program, and ended up staying. Her travels led her to China and Japan as well as South America. She studied literature and linguistics in Zurich and California. Now, she lives and works as writer and translator in southern California and divides her time between the United States and her native Switzerland. The tension and excitement this "double life" creates informs her literary work. Most of her novels take place in several countries. Aside from writing and traveling, Christa is an avid reader, a lover of the arts and dark chocolate. Christa has published three novels, AN UNCOMMON FAMILY, LOVE OF A STONEMASON, and EMILIA as well as a collection of poems, PATH OF FIRE. Her novel "An Uncommon Family" is available in German under the title, EINE UNGEWÖHNLICHE FAMILIE.
Education
  • University of California, San Diego
    B. A. English
  • Coleman College
    B. S. Computer Science
  • University of Zurich
    English & German Literature & Linguistics, Art History
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Female
Other names
Christa Polkinhorn-Umiker
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Author/Translator
Skills
Writing, Translating
Employment
  • Bookworm Press
    Author/Translator, present
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Currently
Los Angeles, CA
Previously
Malibu, CA - San Diego, CA - New York, NY - Vermont, MA - Zurich, Switzerland - Wettswil, Switzerland - Cusco, Peru
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Dreaming and Research - Central Coast of California
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One of my favorite types of research for my novels is traveling to different places where my characters live and work. This time, I spent a

Picture Tour – Finding Angelo | Bookworm Press
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While Nicholas flies back to California, Sofia visits her vineyard and her sister in Vignaverde, Tuscany. It's the first time she is in Tusc

Surprise Find - New "old" Poems
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I was browsing through my Writing directory and came across a folder I totally forgot about, called Poems 2000. These are poems I wrote arou

Picture Tour – Emilia | Bookworm Press
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Picture tour of Emilia. Emilia. Pictures which served as an inspiration to the novel. Rustici - Home of the O'Reilly family. Several rustici

Finding Angelo (The Wine Lover's Daughter, Book 2) - paperback is out!!
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Dear Loyal Readers, I have great news for those of you who still like to hold a "real" book--made of reap paper and ink and with a beautiful

Huntington Library, Pasadena, California - Part 2
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My second visit to the Huntington Library was in company with my friend Jackie Ingerson. This time around, I got to see one of the great tre

Huntington Library, Pasadena, California - go on a treasure hunt!
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One of my favorite places in the southern California area is the Huntington Library. "Library" is almost a misnomer, if you think of a regul

Curmudgeon - Wordsmith, Part 2
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Hello Fellow Scriveners and Lovers of Words. Here are a few more terms, which intrigued me, so I checked out their meaning and origin. Enjoy

Serendipity - Wordsmith, Part 1
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I decided to toss around some interesting words. As a writer, and particularly one who writes in her non-native language, I'm constantly try

Day 7 of the Scenic/Landscape Challenge
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Day 7 of the Scenic/Landscape Challenge. I conclude it with the stunning scenery of Peru: El Beso, famous sculpture in Lima by Victor Delfin

Day 6 of the Scenic/Landscape challenge
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Day 6 of the Scenic/Landscape challenge: Thinking of a wonderful trip through Maine I took with my friend, Diane Busch. And here are some pi

Day 4 and 5 of the Scenic/Landscape challenge!
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Just to summarize: I was invited to take part in the Scenic/Landscape challenge by Darlene Foster. Here are the pictures of Day 4. (I actual

Day 3 of the Scenic/Landscape Challenge
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Day 3: Castello di Pavone in Ivrea, Italy (Piedmont). This is unique castle dates back to Medieval times. It is now a hotel/restaurant, wher

A Scenic/Landscape Challenge
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I was invited by my friend and author Darlene Foster to take part in the Scenic/Landscape Challenge and post a picture a day for the next se

Back in Sunny California
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Hello everyone. This post has nothing to do with writing. I simply wanted to show you how I spent my first days back in Southern California.

'Landmark Occasion' e-card by Jacquie Lawson
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'Landmark Occasion' e-card by Jacquie Lawson - the classiest e-cards on the web!

Look and See!
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There is a beautiful poem by Mary Oliver, one of my favorite poets, called Look And See (Why I Wake Early), in which she shows us through he

Samichlaus - Sankt Nikolaus (Santa Claus) visits Switzerland on December 6!
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Unlike in the United States where I live now, Santa Claus (or Samichlaus in Zurich dialect) is celebrated on December 6, in my original home

Coffee, cake, chatting, and mulled wine with author Linda Huber in Zurich
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For those who missed Linda's blog post last week! One of the challenges of being an independent author is creating connections, but this is

Look and See
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I love to travel, whether to reconnect with my first home (Switzerland) or to explore new areas. When I do research for my novels, which tak

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