Our first writer, Christine Stoddard
Christine Stoddard is a writer and artist originally from Arlington, Virginia. Her writings, comics, photos, collages, and films have appeared in Marie Claire, Bustle, Cosmopolitan, The Southeast Review, The Feminist Wire, The Huffington Post, the New York Transit Museum, the Poe Museum, the Ground Zero Hurricane Katrina Museum, and beyond. She is a recipient of a national emerging artist grant from the Puffin Foundation and was named one of Folio Magazine’s top 20 media visionaries in their 20s for founding Quail Bell Magazine. In addition to being the author of Hispanic and Latino Heritage in Virginia (The History Press) and the co-author of Images of America: Richmond Cemeteries (Arcadia Publishing), Christine is a proud graduate of VCU arts and the VCU Da Vinci Center in Richmond, Virginia. She currently splits her time between Brooklyn, New York and Virginia.
During Christine’s week at Woodlawn she produced a recipe info-graph and a poem. In the first poem, Christine discusses the life of Eleanor “Nelly” Custis, the step granddaughter of George Washington. As a young woman growing up in the South, Nelly was privileged but expected to meet the high standards of the Southern hostess. Christine’s second info-graph shows the ingredients of Nelly’s recipe for tomato soup. It was a complex recipe that required much preparation. Below are the images and compositions Christine created:
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