Cynthia Sylvester was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was born into the Kiyaa'anni (Towering House) clan for the Bilagaana (White) Clan. She received her Bachelor of Arts & Sciences from the University of New Mexico and, along side another Dine (Navajo) student, was the first Native American to graduate from the UNM Physical Therapy Program. During her coursework at UNM she studied Native American Art & Literature and was recently named The Bosque Discovery in October 2011. Her first story "We Wander" was published in the inaugural issue of bosque – the magazine. Her work as a writer is to explore and attempt to navigate the lines and boundaries, whether real or imagined, in this world. Cynthia is currently working on a collection of short stories entitled, The Half White Album and has finished two novels: The Perpetual Pickle and The Sixth World. She currently lives in Los Ranchos, NM with her partner of ten years and two of the characters from her novel, The Perpetual Pickle, her dogs Jakeloo and Lucy. Family is what is most important to her and she is honored to accept the Native Writer Award for herself and to honor her parents.
As winner of the Native Writer Award, Cynthia will be giving a reading on Tuesday July 17, 2012, at 12:30 p.m.