Cynthia Linville has been teaching college English classes since 1996. Prior to joining the faculty at Sacramento State in 2000, she taught at James Madison University in Virginia and at Shepherd University in West Virginia.
Linville has written and edited textbook articles and chapters for Boynton-Cook, Cengage, and other companies, including two articles for the Sacramento State Student Writing Handbook. An updated version of one of these articles, "Real World Writing: What Employers Expect," can be read here.
Cynthia is a poet whose work has appeared in many publications and several anthologies, and her two poetry collections, The Lost Thing and Out of Reach, were published by
Cold River Press. She has received mini-grants from Poets & Writers to perform her work with musicians. One such performance has been archived
Over the past few decades, Ms. Linville has frequently read her work in northern California and has hosted poetry readings in the Sacramento area at venues such as the Crocker Art Museum, the Sacramento Poetry Center, Luna's Cafe, and the Vox art gallery.
She served as Poetry Editor for Poetry Now from 2008 - 2011 and served as managing editor of
Convergence: An Online Journal of Poetry and Art for 10 years. She edited Patricia Hickerson's posthumous poetry collection, Outcry, for R. L. Crow.
Cynthia Linville is also a photographer whose work has appeared in People's Tribune, Sacramento News & Review, Capital Public Radio website, WTF, and more. Students visiting her office will see her work displayed on the walls, and she has shown her photographs in Sacramento galleries.
Linville frequently contributes both poetry and photos to
Medusa's Kitchen, and
she has been a featured artist on
Sacramento365. Although a Sacramento native, she has also lived in London, Manhattan, San Francisco, and outside of Washington D.C.
She earned both a bachelor's and master's degree at Sacramento State and enjoys teaching in the same classrooms where she was taught. Her parents also worked at and attended Sac State, starting in the 1960s. One of Cynthia's earliest experiences on campus was getting expelled from the library for being a crying baby.