cynthia newberry martin

Pam Houston’s ranch 2017

I’m a fiction writer living in Columbus, Georgia, and in Provincetown, Massachusetts. My novel, Tidal Flats, will be published 9/9/19 by Yellow Pear Press, a small independent press in California.

I’m a founding board member of Writing by Writers, now in its seventh year, and you will find me at many of their workshops. Check us out–awesome faculty, cool places, encouraging writing environment.

My writing has appeared in Brevity, The Best of Clapboard House, Gargoyle, Contrary, Clapboard House, Six Sentences, Storyglossia, Blogcritics, …On My Mind: A Georgia Writers Anthology, O Georgia: A Collection of Georgia’s Newest and Most Promising Writers, The Journal of Communication and The French Review.

I’ve been the Writing Life Editor for Hunger Mountain and the Review Editor for Contrary. In January of 2012, I graduated from Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in Writing.

A long time ago, the first novel I wrote, The Painting Story, placed on the Short List for Finalists in the novel category of the 2010 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, and the second novel I wrote, Between Here and Gone, placed as a Semi-Finalist.

From 2007-2013, I was in a writing group led by Pam Houston.  And I’ve worked individually with Dani Shapiro.

For more about me, check out this is 57, this is 58, 365 true things, and 60 to 60.


14 thoughts on “me

  1. When a writer friend compared me to Dorothy Allison, I immediately snapped up a book at the library. I just finished Cavedweller. I love when I’m compared to authors out of my league. I guess my only response to him would be “I wish.”

    I saw you studied with her. What is she like? And how did you like the Tin House summer workshop?


  2. What a great compliment to you! In case you’re interested in more specifics about what that means, Dorothy described her own voice as: “lyrical language, character driven, weak on plot, first person, people in trouble, guilt, sex, and traditional storyteller.”

    She is an amazing teacher with a “take no prisoners” approach. We went over class time. We had “homework” everyday. We left nothing on the table.

    About Cavedweller, she said, I screwed up. (not exactly what she said) “I wrote 2 different novels and I’m sorry.”

    (As you can see, I love taking notes)

    I very much enjoyed both my summers at Tin House–good writers, interesting panel discussions, small classes, a one-week format, and wonderful readings with a glass of wine under the stars.


  3. If there is something like the Tin-House here in Fresno, or its neighboring areas, I certainly don’t know about it. That sounds like a great place to spend a week with famous mentors.


  4. Hi Cynthia,

    I love your blog!!! Your blog is what my blog wants to be when it grows up:)

    Pam Houston? No way. I love her work.


  5. Tricia,

    You don’t have to wish. It’s true. And now I’m reading another author who reminds me a lot of your work:

    Tallgrass – Sandra Dallas

    Check it out.


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