Cynthia-Marie Marmo O'Brien

Cynthia-Marie O'Brien

is a writereditor, and educator from New England currently based in New York City. Her writing has appeared in America Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, Killing the BuddhaThe Literary Review,  The Los Angeles Review of BooksNarratively, The Rumpusand Words without Bordersamong other publications. Her essay on faith, imagination and depression was recognized on the notables list in Best American Essays 2011. She is at work on a book that examines narrative constructions of mental illness.

She brings creativity and precision to freelance editing & writingAs a writing educator, Cynthia-Marie works with individuals to develop and disseminate complex knowledge, ideas and stories.  She is the editor of the literary journal, Hypothetical: A Review of Everything Imaginable, a contributing editor of Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, and a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle. 


Cynthia-Marie received her MFA in Writing (Nonfiction Concentration) from Columbia University. She is a cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, where she received high honors on her thesis from the Department of English. She also earned minor concentrations in International Relations and Latin American Literature.                




Author photograph copyright  Vine and Branch Photography.

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