Cristina J. Baptista is a first-generation Portuguese-American poet and author of The Drowning Book (Finishing Line Press 2017). Her work has appeared in Structo Magazine, The Cortland Review, CURA, and elsewhere. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Fordham University and teaches American Literature in Connecticut. In 2014, she was selected as a 38th Voyager and traveled aboard the Charles W. Morgan, an 1841 wooden whaleship that is the last remaining one in the world. For this project, she served as documenter and poet of the Portuguese immigrant experience aboard whaleships.