Cindy King

Cindy was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up swimming in the shadows of the hyperboloid cooling towers on the shores of Lake Erie. After completing high school, she studied literature at the University of Toledo, earning a bachelor’s degree English. At 23, she moved to Mississippi to enroll in the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she earned a master’s degree in creative writing. Upon graduation, she spent a year abroad in London, England, then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she taught at Georgia Military College. After a teaching at Valdosta State University, she entered the Ph.D. program in creative writing at Florida State University. After graduating, she held teaching positions at Auburn University, Berry College, and the University of Tampa, where she was poetry editor for The Tampa Review. She served as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Texas in Dallas until 2016, when she moved to Hurricane, Utah, and then to St. George, where she is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Dixie State University and faculty advisor of The Southern Quill, DSU’s literary arts journal. She also enjoys serving as the faculty advisor of DSU’s creative writing club and as an advocate for creative writing in her community.

She has been awarded a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to attend the Sewanee Writers' Workshop. Her poems were chosen for the Betty Gabehart Prize by the University of Kentucky. She has also received the Agha Shahid Ali Scholarship in Poetry from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute and the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University and scholarships from the Frost Place, The New York State Summer Writers Institute, The Colgate Writers Conference, and the Wesleyan Writers Conference among others.

Cindy King’s poetry has appeared in African American Review, Ambit, The American Literary Review, The Antioch Review, Ascent, Barrow Street, Bat City Review, Bellingham Review, Blackbird, The Briarcliff Review, Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters, Crab Orchard Review, Cimarron Review, Cincinnati Review, Clackamas Literary Review, The Collagist, The Comstock Review, Cortland Review, descant, Folio, Gettysburg Review, Hiram Poetry Review, jubilat, Little Patuxent Review, The Los Angeles Review, Louisville Review, The MacGuffin, The Madison Review, The McNeese Review, Nashville Review, New American Writing, New Madrid Journal of Contemporary Literature, The New Southern Fugitives, North American Review, Obsidian: Literature & Arts of the African Diaspora, The Pinch, PLUME, Prairie Schooner, Potomac Review, Quarter After Eight, Rattle, RHINO Poetry, River Styx, Roanoke Review, Ruminate Magazine, Slipstream, Smartish Pace, The South Carolina Review, Sou’wester, The Sun, St. Petersburg Review, Tar River Poetry, TriQuarterly, Western Humanities Review, Yemassee, and elsewhere.



  • Zoonotic, Tinderbox Editions, April 2020.
  • Easy Street, Dancing Girl Press, March 2020.