Cynthia Zarin is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Ada Poems (2010), and Orbit (2017) as well five books for children and a collection of essays An Enlarged Heart: A Personal History (2013). Her honors and awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Award in Literature, the Peter B. Lavan Award, an Ingram Merrill Award for Poetry, The Los Angelels Times Book Award for Poetry (for The Watercourse) a Roger P. Lippincott Award for Consumer Reporting, the New York Women’s Press Award for Writing on the Arts, the Georgia Book Award for Writing for Children, and a Parent’s Choice Award for Children’s Literature. A longtime contributor to The New Yorker, as well as The New York Times and other publications, she is also a former contributing editor for Gourmet Magazine. Cynthia Zarin is an Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Resident Writer for BalletCollective; ballets based on her poems, “The Impulse Wants Company,” and “Dear and Blackbirds” premiered in New York in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
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