Cynthia Zarin: Author & Senior Lecturer in English, Yale University

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Cynthia Zarin is the author of five books of poetry, including “Orbit” (forthcoming 2017) five books for children and a collection of essays, “An Enlarged Heart: A Personal History.” 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 Angeles 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.  Zarin teaches in the English Department at Yale, where she directs the Senior Concentration in Creative Writing.  She is an Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Resident Writer for BalletCollective, a New York based dance company. She lives in New York City.

What do you do best?


What makes you the best?

Not a claim I’d make.

What are your aspirations?

To learn Italian properly.

Biggest Success?

Again, I’m chary.  Perseverance?

Most Challenging Moment?


Favorite Motto?

"Le coeur a ses raisons que le raison ne connaît point."

Favorite People?

My children

Favorite Products?

Garamond type

Favorite Places?

Cape Cod and Venice

Current Passions?