Cynthia Reeves received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College and her B.A. in Economics and Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College. She spent a year studying economics and urban development at the London School of Economics. Her first book, Badlands, won the 2006 Miami University Press Novella Prize and was published in 2007. In February 2009, her story “A Letter to My Mother” was performed as part of the InterAct Theatre’s Writing Aloud series. Cynthia has won numerous awards and honors, including fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center and SLS Literary Seminars; prizes in the 2010 Columbia Fiction Contest, the 2006 and 2008 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contests sponsored by Quarter After Eight, the 2006 New Millennium Writings Short Short Fiction Contest, and the 2005 Potomac Review Annual Fiction Contest; seven Pushcart nominations; and finalist designations in a number of other literary contests.
Her fiction and poetry have been published in many journals and anthologies, including Colorado Review, Ontario Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Wreckage of Reason. She has been a visiting writer at Miami University and Penn State (Berks), and conducted lectures and classes on the novella and short prose forms at conferences and seminars nationwide. Among other interests, she has participated in several international volunteer projects in Costa Rica, Peru, and Poland, primarily teaching English to schoolchildren in those countries.