I’ve written poetry and literary fiction for most of my life. My short stories have been published in several literary journals, including StoryQuarterly, Black Warrior Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review. My short story “The Girls Upstairs” was short-listed for Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003. I am a past recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist’s Grant and my work has been thrice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Darwin’s Kitchen, a collection of short stories, was a finalist for the 2010 University of Georgia’s Press Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award and is currently out for review. I have a completed novel manuscript in my bottom desk drawer snug against the first draft of a memoir I wrote about taking care of my mother, who was in the final stages of multiple sclerosis, during 1984 to 1986.
Lately, though, I have been taking a lot of photographs, painting with watercolor and gouache, and — most recently –making letterpress prints on an antique tabletop press. I’ve been thinking a lot about creativity and the creative process. I am ever curious about this process that can make something where there was nothing, that can imbue us with joy and energy and lightness, that can make the seemingly impossible, possible. It’s always there for us, if we are open and receptive to engaging with it.
… and that’s likely mostly what you’ll find me writing about here these days.
I can be contacted at: cynthiariede (at) gmail (dot) com.