Cynthia Schmidt

B.A. in Human Relations and English Writing, High Point University, NC

M.F.A. in Writing with a concentration in Speculative Fiction, Sarah Lawrence College, NY

Ph.D. candidate in English at St. John’s University

Cynthia (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in English at St. John’s University, following her Master of Fine Arts in Speculative Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. She has a wealth of teaching experience, having has taught as a Teaching Assistant/Teaching Artist at SUNY Purchase and the Bronx High School for Contemporary Arts, as well as a workshop facilitator via The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence for Yonkers Public Schools and the Teaching Artist Project, among others. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor of Writing at St. John’s, as well as Fordham University and Marist College.

Cynthia’s research is in folklore studies, particularly modern retellings of myth and fairytale in modern media. Her other research interests include pop culture and multimedia studies, feminist criticism, composition and rhetoric, and speculative fiction, particularly utopian and dystopian studies.

Cynthia’s greatest loves beyond writing are her fiancé Adam and her cat Biscuit, and her dream is to guide students to becoming the best version of themselves through the exploration of literature and the practice of writing. She is currently working on her debut novel.