Cynthia graduated from the creative writing program at SUNY Binghamton with a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing. While at Binghamton Cynthia co-founded the Writing By Degrees creative writing conference and received the SUNY Binghamton English Department’s Distinguished Dissertation Award for a creative work as well as the Marion Link Fellowship for Creative Writing. Cynthia earned her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from the University of Tulsa where she was the recipient of the Anderson Scholarship for Creative Writing.
A Pushcart nominee, Dzanc Books Best of the Net nominee, and a two-time runner up in Glimmertrain Press’ fiction contests, Cynthia’s work has appeared in several literary journals and magazines including ESPN the Magazine, New World Writing, Passages North, The Emerson Review, The Saranac Review, Crossborder, The Tampa Review, Monkeybicycle, Stymie Magazine, Parent: Wise Magazine, Our Stories, The Big Jewel, Used Furniture Review, Prick of the Spindle, and Whetstone, and her entertainment reviews and features have appeared in the San Antonio Current, the Orlando Weekly, the Monterey County Weekly, the Detroit Metrotimes, InDigest Magazine, The Good Men Project, and Strange Horizons. Stories in anthologies include: “Melon” from The Way We Sleep and “Activism on the Ground: Habitat for Humanity” from The Routledge Handbook of Participatory Cultures. Cynthia is also the editor of the ebook anthology Writing Off Script: Writers on the Influence of Cinema.
A former Managing Fiction Editor of Prick of the Spindle, Cynthia currently works as Editor of Arts and Culture at The Nervous Breakdown in addition to teaching literature and creative writing at UTSA. She resides in San Antonio, Texas with her husband and two daughters.