Cynthia Ann Schemmer is a writer, editor, book devourer, and musician. Originally from New York, she currently lives in Philadelphia where she works at the Free Library. She is also a freelance writer and works remotely as the managing editor of She Shreds Magazine. She has been published in The Score for Lincoln Center, Mask Magazine, Philadelphia City Paper, Impose, Underwater New York, The Media, Broken Pencil, Toska Magazine, Connotation Press, RE/VISIONIST, and Elevate Difference, among others. She has also co-authored a chapter in Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind, a collection of tips and narratives on ways non-parents can support parents and children (PM Press, 2012), and is a contributor to Stompbox: A Visual Exploration of the Guitar Pedal, to be released by Penguin Random House’s Ten Speed Press in 2020. In the past, she wrote Secret Bully, a creative nonfiction zine of personal essays, as well as Habits of Being, an oral history zine about SuBAMUH, She has a BA in Journalism from SUNY Purchase and an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and is working on a book about psycho-geography and grief.

She currently plays guitar in Radiator Hospital and once sang and wrote songs for Heavy Bangs. In 2016 she released her debut solo album as Swanning, Drawing Down the Moon, on Salinas Records. She is a true bull Taurus and her cat Frankie is her creative mews.


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