Christine Howey

Christine Howey is a performance poet, playwright, actor, director, and theater critic. Her one-person stage play of poetry about her transgender journey, Exact Change, premiered at Cleveland Public Theatre, had a three-week run at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, and was an official selection of the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival. She then adapted the play into a film, which was an official selection of the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in 2018. Christine (then Richard) was an actor and director at Dobama Theatre from 1968 to 1985. For 20 years beginning in 1998, Christine was a theater critic for Cleveland Scene, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland Free Times, and City Pages in Minneapolis, MN. She was been named Best Critic in Ohio by both the Press Club of Cleveland and the Society of Professional Journalists


Christine has had four books of poetry published. She was the Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights, Ohio for 2016-2018. She is also a slam poet and competed in the National Poetry Slams, in 2013 and 2017, as a member of the four-person Cleveland team. Christine was awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship in 2014 from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, and an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council in 2016, which also granted her a 13-week residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. She was honored to receive the Illumination Award as the transgender leader of the year in northeast Ohio for 2015, and the Torch Award for leadership on transgender issues from the Cleveland chapter of the Human Rights Campaign in 2017.  For 40 years, Christine was an award-winning copywriter and creative director for ad agencies in Cleveland and Minneapolis, MN. She is currently executive director of Literary Cleveland, a nonprofit organization supporting writers and readers in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.