Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow

Gilbert, AZ 85234

Author's Bio

Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow is the author of two poetry collections: Horn Section All Day Every Day, and The Day Judge Spencer Learned the Power of Metaphor (Salmon Poetry, 2018 and 2012, respectively). In the Washington Independent Review of Books, critic Grace Cavalieri describes Edlow's most recent collection as an "encyclopedic high holiday where…[she] romps with language, risks everything, uses dialogue as if she invented idiom, and writes with high-octane energy." Her poems appeared in such journals as The American Journal of Poetry, American Literary Review, American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Gulf Coast, the Los Angeles Review, Salamander, and South Dakota Review. She was sole proprietor of a civil law legal business for over 20 years. Edlow serves as a poetry instructor at Phoenix Center for the Arts, the Changing Hands Bookstore, and the Desert Botanical Garden.

Publications and Prizes

Horn Section All Day Every Day
(Salmon Poetry, 2018)
, The Day Judge Spencer Learned the Power of Metaphor
(Salmon Poetry, 2012)
Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology
(Salmon Poetry, 2010)
, Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books
(Minor Arcana Press, 2014)
, E: Emily Dickinson Awards Anthology
(Universities West Press, 2003)
, Even the Daybreak: 35 Years of Salmon Poetry
(Salmon Poetry, 2016)
, In the Eye: A Collection of Writings
(Thunder Rain Press, 2007)
, Jewish Women's Literary Annual
(Jewish Women's Resource Center, 2003)
, Not A Muse Anthology
(Haven Books, 2009)
, Tales from the Courtroom
(Blue Cubicle Press, LLC, 2011)
, The Plume Anthology of Poetry 5
(MadHat Press, 2017)
American Literary Review, American Poetry Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Barrow Street, Broad River Review, Chelsea, Chiron Review, Cimarron Review, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, Diner, Fjords Review, Folio, Forklift, Ohio, Fourteen Hills, Full Circle, Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement), Georgetown Review, Gulf Coast, Hotel Amerika, Iodine Poetry Journal, J Journal, James Dickey Review, Levure Litteraire, Litchfield Review, Plume, Salamander, Smartish Pace, South Dakota Review, Square Lake, Tahoma Literary Review, The Los Angeles Review, The Main Street Rag, The Texas Review, Truck, Tusculum Review, Verse Daily, Willow Review
Old School Superhero Loves a Good Wristwatch
(Dancing Girl Press, 2014)
Prizes Won: 
Red Hen Press Poetry Award, selected by publisher Kate Gale and judge Cynthia Hogue, Tusculum Review Poetry Prize, selected by judge Jericho Brown, Beullah Rose/Smartish Pace Poetry Prize, selected by the Editors, the Willow Review Prize for Poetry, selected by the Editors, three Pushcart Prize nominations, two of which were nominations from the Pushcart Prize Board of Contributing Editors

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Last updated: Feb 01, 2019