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Christie Ann Cruise, Ph.D., is an educator, author, and social justice advocate with a passion for empowering Black women and girls to speak their truths boldly and unapologetically. Her passion led her to serve as a mentor with the Reach & Rise Program of the Gateway Region YMCA, an advisory board member for Nia Kuumba Spirituality Center for African and African American Women, treasurer for the Young Ambassadors of the YWCA of Metro St. Louis, and a volunteer for St. Louis Children's Hospital's Raising St. Louis Program. In addition, Dr. Cruise is a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) and past President of the Board of Directors for the International Women's Writing Guild (IWWG).


Dr. Cruise's poetry, reflections, and self-portrait photography have been published in Gumbo Magazine, Remington Review, Gallery & Studio Arts Journal, Sunspot Literary Journal, Kitchen Table Quarterly, Black Minds Mag, the International Women's Writing Guild (IWWG) anthology Heels Into the Soil, and the IWWG Network edition Our Stories, Ourselves: Narratives from Black Women in Africa and America. Dr. Cruise has also contributed to blogs for the Black Mental Wellness Corporation, The Healing Collective Global, Spoken Black Girl, and Hallmark Mahagony. She was a Peyton Evans Artist in Residence (PEAR) at the Studios of Key West from December 2021 to January 2022 and is a recipient of the 2024 Artist Opportunity Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Dr. Cruise was born in East St. Louis, Illinois. She received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University.

In 2019 Dr. Cruise published her first book, It Don't Hurt Now: My Journey of Self-Love & Self-Acceptance. In addition, she has partnered with and presented for Girls Incorporated of St. Louis, J. Jill at Plaza Frontenac, Northern Illinois University, Maryville University of St. Louis, The Pearl Club, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, The Potter's House Bookstore, the National Alliance on Mental Illinois (NAMI), and The Haven of Grace in St. Louis.

Publications and features

Black Minds Mag, March 2022

Hallmark Mahogany, July 2023

Spoken Black Girl Blog, April 2022

Kitchen Table Quarterly, Winter 2021

Our Stories, Ourselves, April 2021

Remington Review, Fall 2020

Healing Collective Global, August 2020

Gallery & Studio Arts, August 2020

Sunspot Literary Journal, Winter 2020

Gumbo Magazine, 2019

Black Mental Wellness, 2019

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