Cynthia Zarin is a poet, journalist, and children’s book author. Poet-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, she has also been a long-time contributor to the New Yorker. Known for her exacting language, Ernest Hilbert noted that Zarin “composes formal, meditative poems that remind the reader of Elizabeth Bishop and Richard Wilbur.” Her books of poetry include The Swordfish Tooth (1989), Fire Lyric (1993), The Watercourse (2002), which won the Los Angeles Book Award, and The Ada Poems (2010), a series of poems based on Vladimir Nabokov’s classic novel Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle.
Zarin’s poetry for adults has been praised for its slightly offbeat perspective on mundane, typically overlooked topics, and her picture books for children, including Rose and Sebastian (1997) and What Do You See When You Shut Your Eyes? (1998), encourage her preschool audience to look at things from a fresh perspective. What Do You See When You Shut Your Eyes? features rhyming questions and answers that encourage children to use their five senses and imaginations to participate in the fun. ZZarin’s other books for children include Wallace Hoskins, the Boy Who Grew Down (1999), Albert, the Dog Who Liked to Ride in Taxis (2003), and Saints Among the Animals (2006).
Zarin has received numerous awards for her work, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Source - The Poetry Foundation