Cynthia Brackett-Vincent

Publisher/Editor, the Aurorean

Managing Editor, the Unrorean              

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Cynthia Brackett-Vincent is enrolled in a MA program in English with a concentration in Creative Writing/Poetry at the University of Southern New Hampshire and holds a BFA in Creative Writing with a minor in Psychology from the University of Maine at Farmington and an AA in Social Sciences (Quincy College, MA, where she served as an editor of Stepping Stone and a member of Phi Theta Kappa). As well, she studied English at Bridgewater State College in MA. Cynthia served as Membership Chairperson of The Maine Poets Society from 2010–2013. A Pushcart Prize nominated and award-winning poet, Cynthia has had over 100 poems published in such journals as Avocet, Decanto (United Kingdom), YankeeMagazine (online), and Ibbetson Street; in her chapbook, the 95 Poems; and the online journals, Mannequin Envy, The Orange Room Review, The Penman Review, Pirene's Fountain and others. Her nonfiction and poetry appear abroad. She co-founded the Tidepool Poets of Plymouth, MA in 2001. Three of her articles appear in Educators as Writers: Publishing for Professional and Personal Development (Carol Smallwood, ed., Peter Lang, 2006). Among other honors, her poetry has received an Honorable Mention in New England Writers, a citation in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and Second Place twice in Maine Poets Society contests. Cynthia has judged poetry locally, regionally and nationally for such contests as the Writer's Digest annual writing competition.

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Recently named a "Best Book for Writers" by Poets & Writers, Cynthia's 2012 co-edited anthology with Carol Smallwood and Colleen S. Harris with Foreword by Molly Peacock is Women on Poetry: Writing, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland and Company, Inc. Publishers). ISBN 978-0-7864-6392-3. E-book ISBN 978-0-7864-8871-1. Recommendations: “A true compilation of writing wisdom”—Leon Ogroske, editor of WRITERS’ Journal magazine; “rich with advice and inspiration”—Rebecca Foust, author of God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World; “excellent and most comprehensive”—Supriya Bhatnager, Director of Publications, Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP); “a treasure trove”—Melissa Stein, author of Rough Honey (The American Poetry Review, 2010). “invaluable”—Caitlin Griscom, Mid-American Review, Editor-at-Large; “beyond valuable!”—Kate Hopper, author of Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers (Viva Editions, Spring 2012); “a cornucopia of advice and commentary”—Dr. Robert P. Holley, Wayne State University, contributor, Writing and Publishing: The Librarian’s Handbook (ALA Editions), 2010; “a gem...exquisite”—Cathryn Cofell, Poet and Essayist, Kamikaze Commotion; “a wealth of wisdom”—Diane Lockward, Temptation by Water. ATTN CREATIVE WRITING INSTRUCTORS: MCFARLAND OFFERS DESK COPIES FOR EXAMINATION.

Women on Poetry Front

From the publisher: "Throughout literary history, female writers have faced challenges different from those of their male counterparts. This collection of 59 essays captures the wit and wisdom of published contemporary female poets, who reveal their victories and struggles with writing. Topics include the collective writing life, tips on teaching in numerous contexts, the publishing process, and general advice to aid the poet in her chosen vocation."

About Cynthia's co-editors: Award winner Carol Smallwood is the author or editor of numerous books, including many about and for librarians. A Michigan resident, her library experience includes high school, public and special libraries. Her work has appeared in English Journal, Michigan Feminist Studies, The Writer’s Chronicle, and The Detroit News. Colleen S. Harris is the author of three books of poetry and her work has appeared in various literary magazines. She works on the library faculty at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as an assistant professor and Head of Access Services.

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Cynthia's 2009 co-edited anthology (with Carol Smallwood), Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages, is from All Things That Matter Press and is available on at Nonfiction, this exciting collection addresses women's issues and will also provide a unique, dynamic much-needed new text for college/university Women's Studies classes. From the back cover: "This unique collection includes over fifty articles by more than thirty-five diverse American women who revisit, celebrate, and share defining moments in their lives. Readers will see the universal in milestones of body, mind, family, career, and personal empowerment—whether joyous or difficult, chosen or unexpected, common or rare. These are poignant passages of women, told by talented and award winning writers: intimate glimpses into the lives of our sisters, friends, aunts, mentors, wives, grandmothers, partners, mothers, daughters—ourselves."

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Praise for Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages:

Even though this collection is about contemporary 'American' women the stories are universal. As I read each, I can see myself in them.
—Supriya Bhatnagar, Director of Publications at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, editor of The Writer's Chronicle.
This collection reveals those intimate moments that change women's lives: the ways we tough it out, break down, and become whole again.
—Arlene L. Mandell, Pushcart Prize nominee. American Association of University Women's short-story contest winner, 2008.
These experiences exemplify the range of passages that existing anthologies have yet to address in a single volume. The authentic, often lyrical prose speaks to a broad audience within and beyond academics
—Diane LeBlanc, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Director of College Writing, St. Olaf College; Bechtel Prize winner.

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Cynthia teaches poetry writing to adults, assists her husband in the graphics services segment of Encircle Publications, and is active in bringing poetry into the public schools with a special interest in elementary students. She lives in rural Maine and enjoys attending poetry workshops, as well as membership in the Maine Poets Society and The New England Poetry Club. Other interests are animal welfare, bicycling, breast cancer research, canoeing, cross-stitching, and hiking. She is married, has three grown sons, three daughters-in-law, two grandsons, two granddaughters, and three adopted rescue cats—her helpers—one of which is pictured below.

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