Biography

Cynthia Storrs has been teaching English, ESL, and creative writing since 1975.  She has a BA in Language Arts / Education from Bethel University and a M.Ed. from the University of Sheffield (UK), both awarded with highest honors.  The majority of her 20-year teaching career took place in Europe, where she and her husband reared their two children, who both attended school in French.

Cynthia is an educational advisor for SHARE Education Services, and has lectured in 16 countries on language acquisition, biculturalism, acculturation, and cross-cultural issues.  She currently teaches English at The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs, and serves on the board of Poetry West.

Cynthia has also served on the editorial board for The Eleventh Muse, and currently for the Reflective Southerner poetry website. In 2008, Cynthia was selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities to study Emily Dickinson at Amherst College. Lesson plans she developed for this seminar were selected by the Emily Dickinson Museum, and can be found at http://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/NEH_Lessons_2009#Storrs

Cynthia has published articles on bilingualism and “third-culture kid” issues, and her creative writing has appeared in The Contra Costa Times, Mom Writer’s Literary Magazine, and the Colorado publications Poetry While You Wait (2010 and 2012), and Messages from the Hidden Lake (Volumes I -- two Honorable Mentions, and Volume III).  She also has been published in on-line poetry websites. She is an art history dilettante, and regularly works art into her literature and creative writing lessons.  She is also a theatre lover, an avowed chocoholic, and recently, as a grandmother, undertook hip-hop dance lessons.