Cynthia Gregory, MFA, is an award winning author of short stories. Her book, Journaling As Sacred Practice: An Act of Extreme Bravery, was published under the Green Tara Press imprint in 2016. Her work has appeared in various publications, including The Sun, Glimmer Train, the Briar Cliff Review, Santa Barbara Review, The Ear, and Central PA. She took second place in Writers Digest annual fiction contest, first place in the Glimmer Train Family Matters short story competition, and first place in the Mark Twain Short Fiction Prize. She is author of the WordPress blog Persephones Step Sisters, and writes a monthly review of debut novels. She has taught writing for Rabbit Hill Writers, Web Del Sol, and University of Phoenix. Cynthia lives in California’s Sonoma Valley with her rescue pup, Winston, and dreams of the wild river valleys of the Pacific Northwest.