"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. try again. fail again. fail better."
I am a storyteller & advocate
Hi, I'm Christeene Alcosiba
I'm named after my grandmother, Martha Christeene. My great-grandmother, a descendant of Georgia sharecroppers, decided that she should spell her daughter's name phonetically with the reasoning, "It's pronounced Christ-EENE, not Chris-TINE," as in 'valentine.' Two generations later, all that Southern spice landed onto my birth certificate.
My last name, well, that's a story of colonialism, immigration, and the islands - the Hawaiian and Philippine islands, specifically. When taken together, my full name is a metaphor for America - her possibilities and complications. I've always understood myself and the world through difficult and fascinating intersections like these.
I celebrate my Otherness. It's given me two super-powers - empathy, and the ability to act as a respectful interpreter of words, cultures, and people.
It's made me who I am:
- A writer who is smitten with language.
- An activist with Showing Up for Racial Justice with a fierce belief that every day people have the power to make lasting change.
- A librarian at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University, where it's my job to preserve culture, curate events, and help others to make connections between historic materials and contemporary issues.
- An INFJ, mother to a 9 year girl, and a certified podcast junkie.
- Proud ATLien by way of Oakland. (Go Raiders!)
- A researcher and manager who wants to know: how can I help make your life better, easier, or at least more beautiful?