Christine E. Ray

Composition of a Woman

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Christine Ray’s debut poetry collection ‘Composition of a Woman’ is an extraordinary glimpse into the essence of what it takes to make, and sometimes simultaneously break, a woman as strikingly powerful as she is beautiful. Split into five sections (Nerve, Brain, Breast, Rib, and Blood), Ray writes about chronic illness, depression, love, loss, and identity.

“Poet Christine Ray’s first printed collection of poetry, Composition of a Woman (Sudden Denouement Press, 2018) is a striking, fearless foray into the psyche of womanhood, both highly relatable and intensely personal for female readers and achingly candid and fascinating for male.”
Candice Louisa Daquin, Pinch the Lock

“Christine Ray brilliantly split Composition into five thoughtful sections that work together beautifully to deliver the maximum impact of each poem while taking the reader deeper into a stunning journey of the mind, the body, the very soul of this person. In Composition, Christine Ray reveals so much of what we try to hide, and she does so while dancing between ruthlessly beautiful and heartbreakingly painful.”
Nicole Lyons, I Am A World Of Uncertainties Disguised As a Girl

Paperback, 132 pages/Published July 26, 2018 by Sudden Denouement Publishing


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‘Composition of a Woman’ is available at (Canada), Amazon Australia, Amazon Europe (, and,) as well as other major retailers.

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Christine E. Ray is a writer and freelance editor who lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Her writing has been featured in SpillWords, fēlan poetry & visual zine, Nicholas Gagnier’s book ‘Swear to Me’ (2017), and will appear in his upcoming collection, “All the Lonely People.”

An avid writer of fiction and poetry in her teens and 20’s, Ray returned to creative writing after a long hiatus in 2016 when she launched her blog Brave and Reckless.  Although she primarily considers herself a poet, she is best known on WordPress for her well-regarded  Series for New Bloggers, which earned a Discover designation by the WordPress Editorial Staff.

She served as primary  editor of ‘Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective’ and ‘A Sparrow Stirs its Wings’ by Rachel Finch.

Ray is currently working on her second book of poetry to be released later in 2018, ‘The Myths of Girlhood’.