Cynthia Holz is the author of four widely acclaimed novels and a collection of short stories. She was born and raised in New York City and is a Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the City University of New York. She came to Toronto in 1976 as the Canadian correspondent for Business Week magazine and eventually quit journalism for a career as a fiction writer, bookseller, and part-time writing instructor. She began publishing short stories in 1980, and since then her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including The Malahat Review, Descant, Antigonish Review, The Fiddlehead, Coming Attractions 5 and The New Press Anthology #2. Her essays and book reviews can be seen in the Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, Quill & Quire, and National Post. Cynthia Holz has served on the Authors' Committee and the Strategic Directions Committee of the Writers' Trust of Canada, is a member of PEN Canada and the Writers' Union of Canada and has taught creative writing at Ryerson University for nearly twenty years. She lives in Toronto.