Cynthia French is an award winning spoken word artist from Minneapolis. She received an MFA in Writing from Hamline University, is a 2-time recipient of the VERVE Grant for Spoken Word, and a past participant in Intermedia Arts emerging writer’s program. Heavily involved with the poetry slam community, Cynthia served as the Slam Master for SlamMN! for 6 years, has been a part of 9 national poetry slam teams, and has represented Minnesota at 3 Individual World Poetry Slam and 5 Women of the World Poetry Slam Competitions. She has also competed internationally at the Swindon Festival of Literature and Ontario International Poetry Slam.
Cynthia teaches creative writing, poetry and performance in schools, universities and community centers. In partnership with ArtiCulture, she developed a youth program called Art Slam that integrates spoken word and visual arts. Cynthia served as the Executive Director of the Great River Arts Association, a multidisciplinary arts organization in Little Falls, MN. She created the cabaret-style showcase, That’s What She Said, which features female artists from a broad range of disciplines. Two years ago, That’s What She Said, San Francisco was launched. Cynthia would like to see the program expand to additional markets to promote women in the arts.
Cynthia is the current Minneapolis Women’s Poetry Slam Champion.
You can contact Cynthia directly via email.