Professor


Home Phone: 

Please refer to the cell # I gave you in class.
(No calls after 9 pm please, or before 7 am, texts anytime are fine)


E-mail: 

drcynthiahand@gmail.com


About Me

I am a working writer of short stories/novels with a BA in English from the College of Idaho, an MFA in Creative Writing from Boise State University, and a PhD in English with a Creative Writing emphasis from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

My literary short stories and poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Zyzzyva, Hotel America, been short-listed for the Pushcart Prize, and anthologized in The Best of the West series. I got my start (and my agent) by writing literary fiction, but now I'm best known for my young adult novels, including the UNEARTHLY series and the LADY JANIE series, which I write with Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton. I recently finished my twelfth novel for HarperTeen, and I'm at work on the thirteenth.

I taught creative writing and literature at Pepperdine University in Southern California for eight years before I moved back to the Boise area in 2014 to be close to friends and family. I grew up in Idaho Falls.

The published-author part of my writing life has been a crazy, wonderful time, full of pinch-me moments, which you can follow on my website www.cynthiahandbooks.com, but I also love to teach and am always eager to meet my batches of new students every semester.

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