“Writing a poem is one of the ways to love the world . . . .” —Stephen Dobyns
About Cynthia Grady
Born: Whidbey Island, Washington— a damp little place off the Northwest Coast. I am the 6th of 9 children.
Grew up: In the redwoods and on the beaches near San Francisco.
Earliest poem memories: Much of Mother Goose, but also
counting rhymes— “One Potato, two potato, three potato, four . . .”
Earliest story memories: The Old Woman in the Vinegar Bottle,
The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tongue-cut Sparrow, The Story About Ping,
The Wild Swans, Diamonds and Toads, The Little Red Hen.
Favorite childhood games: Hopscotch, jump rope, marbles, kickball, ping-pong.
Childhood chores: Setting the table; dusting; pulling weeds, raking leaves; folding laundry.
Favorite chore: Cleaning out the ashes in the fireplace.
College: After changing my major 99 times, and colleges 3 times, I finally landed in the field of education (San Jose State Unversity, CA). I taught on and off for a few years. That led me to graduate studies in Children’s Literature (Simmons College, Boston, MA); more schooling in Library Studies (Simmons, again); which eventually led to more graduate work in classics-philosophy-liberal studies (St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD), the perfect course of study for people who change their major 99 times as an undergraduate.
What I’m doing now: I was the middle school librarian at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC for 14 years and have since relocated to New Mexico. When I’m not reading and writing, you might find me gardening, sewing, and making music.